Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire.
On Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, a few secrets were revealed: the Children of the Forest admitted they created the White Walkers, Jorah showed Dany his greyscale, and Euron Greyjoy practically boasted about killing his brother Balon. But other folks are still holding information back, even when they don’t have to. (Why didn’t Sansa tell Jon and company the truth about Littlefinger being the source of her Riverrun intel, for instance?) Here are some of the things we’d like to see disclosed, and not just in Bran’s vision quests — spill secrets, not blood!
The Queen’s incest. We don’t just mean the Cersei-Jamie twincest, which, if revealed to Westeros at large, could topple the monarchy, since there is no successor in place after Tommen. But before things blow up any further, Cersei at the very least should come clean to Jaime about sleeping with cousin Lancel. Maybe she already has, and it happened offscreen, but he seems rather supportive and nonchalant about it, if so. (Hasn’t he wondered what crime she actually confessed to?) In the books, he has a very different reaction when he finds out, and refuses to read her letters or come to her aid as a result. He’s bitter about the betrayal, telling himself, “She’s been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack and Moon Boy for all I know.” Wouldn’t the news of her affair be better coming straight from his sister, instead of anyone else in King’s Landing?
Gendry is Robert Baratheon’s bastard. It’s not just because we love Gendry that we want Davos and Melisandre to pipe up about his lineage. But given that we’re on the verge of a crisis when it comes to the crown, and fragile Tommen has no heir, it would be nice to have a back up. The only folks who seem to know of his existence and his potential claim to the Iron Throne, however, are busy helping the Starks. This could be a way to help them, if they thought about it. If you’re fighting the Lannisters and, in part, your argument against them is that their children are the product of incest and weren’t in line for succession to the throne, and you have someone who has a more rightful claim, someone who is actually the king’s son … it could be handy. Gendry, a bastard son of Robert Baratheon, versus Tommen, a bastard son of Cersei and Jaime Lannister … If only someone could locate and legitimize Gendry!
The identities of Joffrey’s murderers. Joffrey’s poisoning was orchestrated by two parties, both of whom informed their protégées: Olenna Tyrell told Margaery, and Littlefinger told Sansa. But have Margaery and Sansa told anyone since? Does Loras know, for instance? We’re not suggesting that the Tyrell siblings turn in their grandmother, but once they’re no longer in the High Sparrow’s custody, certainly they might discuss this family secret, at least among themselves. Sansa, feeling bitter about Littlefinger, however, has no more reason to keep his secret(s) safe. Why does she not tell Brienne or Jon about Littlefinger’s murder? Or anyone else? Not to avenge Joffrey, of course, but to help clear Tyrion’s name. Or even her own, since Cersei still wants her head on a spike. Send a raven, Sansa!
Shireen’s executioner. Melisandre burned Shireen at the stake. She knows it, we know it, and sooner or later, Davos is going to know it. Their uneasy truce is going to fall apart if he finds out from someone else, especially when he’s been asking her outright, and she’s kept mum. She could contain the inevitable explosion somewhat (and even potentially prevent him from trying to kill her again) if she broke the news to him step by step. And apologized. And atoned. Like seriously atoned, more than anyone has ever atoned before.
The White Walkers’ weapons. It’s not that Valyrian steel and dragonglass are secrets per se, but it’s information that needs to be out there in the world. Only a select few know about the impending threat, and what could be used in defense. Meera and Bran are on the run, so we’ll give them a break, but Jon and Sam should be alerting Westeros: “White Walkers are real, I killed one, and you can, too. Here’s how.” We applaud Sam heading to the Citadel to learn more, and we really hope his detour to the homestead allows him to “borrow” dear old dad’s Valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane.