Game of Thrones spent a good chunk of six seasons sending characters off in different directions. Now, Season 7 is bringing many of those characters to the same places in Westeros. Jon Snow met Daenerys Targaryen for the very first time in the latest episode, and it won't be the only big encounter he'll have in Season 7. A new photo from the next episode of Game of Thrones reveals that a certain somebody who Jon has not seen in many years will visit Dragonstone. Take a look!
Yes, Theon Greyjoy himself will arrive on Dragonstone in the next episode. The photo shows Theon leading a group of men onto the beach of Dragonstone. He evidently won over some of the folks who pulled him out of the sea after he abandoned Yara, as the kraken on the shield being carried by one of the men clearly shows a kraken of House Greyjoy. Theon has come to Dragonstone, where he'll almost certainly encounter Jon Snow for the first time since Season 1.
Admittedly, the photo doesn't show any of the characters who could confirm that Theon is indeed on Dragonstone, but the beach and terrain don't look like anywhere else we've seen in Season 7, and it makes sense that Theon would try to regroup with Dany after the destruction of Yara's fleet. He tends to attach himself to strong leaders, and he no longer has his sister. That said, Theon might be surprised to find that Dany isn't the only strong leader waiting at Dragonstone.
Jon Snow will probably have a few things to say to Theon. The two didn't seem especially close back when they were still living at Winterfell, and Theon has done a lot to deserve Jon's anger in the years since. If Theon hadn't betrayed Robb and sided with Balon, Rickon never would have been driven away from Winterfell to be murdered by Ramsay Bolton at the beginning of the Battle of the Bastards. Even Robb might not have been killed if Theon hadn't abandoned him. The whole North would likely be in a better state if Theon hadn't taken Winterfell.
Of course, if Sansa told Jon about how Theon helped her escape from Ramsay's clutches, Jon might be more inclined to give him a break. Additionally, if Theon is as broken when he arrives on Dragonstone as he was when he bailed on Yara, Jon might not even have it in him to hate him. That said, I'd be on board if Jon snapped at least a little bit and went for a choke on Theon. It was immensely satisfying to see him channel his inner Ned and strangle Littlefinger for a few moments, and Jon seemed to get some catharsis out of it.
All things considered, Theon can at least count himself lucky that he's meeting Jon instead of Arya. He may not be on her kill list, but I could see her making an exception in this case. If Melisandre, Thoros, and Beric Dondarrion are still on her list for the Gendry transaction back in Season 3, Theon deserves a spot as well. We'll have to wait and see.