In the books, it was a quote from Ned Stark to Arya Stark. In the second trailer for "Game of Thrones" Season 7, it's a quote from Sansa Stark to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Whoever says it, fans are trying to dissect what it means for the characters they love.
The new trailer ends with Sansa's (Sophie Turner) voice saying, "When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives."
The line is something mentioned to or by Arya a few times in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, starting with this conversation from Ned Stark to his youngest daughter, reminding her that she needs Sansa, even if they don't get along:
Arya recalls it in the fourth book, "A Feast for Crows":
"The old gods are dead, she told herself, with Mother and Father and Robb and Bran and Rickon, all dead. A long time ago, she remembered her father saying that when the cold winds blow the lone wolf dies and the pack survives. He had it all backwards. Arya, the lone wolf, still lived, but the wolves of the pack had been taken and slain and skinned."
After the new trailer played, ending with Sansa's quote, some fans immediately jumped to the fear that it might mean Jon Snow dies. But Jon (Kit Harington) is the White Wolf, not a lone wolf. He's part of the Stark pack now.
Fans have shared other reactions to the line, including some wishing Arya (Maisie Williams) had kept it:
"The lone wolf dies but the pack survives."— Juan Paolo Husmillo (@husmillopaolo) June 22, 2017
WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN
Is it Jon
Is it Sansa
Is it Arya
Is it Bran
Sansa saying "the lone wolf dies but the pack survives" at the end of the trailer makes me think that jon could die— mélanie (@evaekholms) June 22, 2017
Like, what if the lone wolf means jon as the bastard stark? So the lone wolf dies because jon is no longer a snow— mélanie (@evaekholms) June 22, 2017
Sansa says "The lone wolf dies but the pack survives." What if her "spirit" go into Nymeria's body and leads her pack? #GameofThrones— laura (@elpopnc) June 22, 2017
just imagine if they had given "the lone wolf dies but the pack survives" line to arya pic.twitter.com/HyjPcL3UdQ— niamh (@targayryns) June 21, 2017
lone wolf means Jon Snow so he is going to die— faraz (@farazhussaiin) June 22, 2017
Jon Snow is the part of the pack, lone wolf is most prolly little finger who is gonna die— Yaseeer (@mulanaCoke) June 22, 2017
"the lone wolf dies but the pack survives"— Osha (@oshawildling) June 22, 2017
"a targaryen all alone in the world is a terrible thing"
WHY DO BOTH APPLY TO JON pic.twitter.com/ErbGpv2RyR
"...the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."— em (@foliemdeux) June 22, 2017
DONT TELL ME THEY'RE KILLING ANOTHER STARK??????
WHAT JON SNOW IS GOING TO DIE??????— Daenerys 🌹 (@erikacraycray) June 22, 2017
"When snows fall & white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives." pic.twitter.com/Gn5st896ca
This obsession with Jon! It probably has nothing to do with him.
Isn't Arya more of a loner than Jon, anyway? The guy who keeps being declared the leader of every place he joins? Maybe this is Sansa's argument to Arya that she needs to stop being on her own and rejoin the Stark pack. Or maybe it's a threat to someone else, outside of their pack.
Season 7 will reveal this answer, after it premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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