Game of Thrones Season 6 saw Samwell Tarly finally arrive at the Citadel, where he is destined to become a maester for Castle Black. Amidst all of the chaos during this season, John Bradley has spoken about his relief that Samwell is where he's meant to be.
After a huge build up, Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 10 finally saw Daenerys Targeryen set sail for Westeros, and Samwell Tarly arrive at the Citadel in Oldtown, after what seemed like a lifetime of travelling. Sam, Gilly and little Sam made their way to the Citadel so that he could begin his training to become Castle Black's maester on Jon Snow's orders. As he was welcomed into this new life, we couldn't help but compare this greeting to Season 6: Episode 6, when Sam was exiled by his own father for bringing Gilly (a Wildling), into his home. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, John Bradley spoke about his character Sam by stating: "It feels like the beginning of the rest of his life. I think it feels that he's struggled to find a home all of his life. Even at home, the environment he was born in, with the people all around him, he never felt at home there. He always felt very different, and very much an other. He didn't feel like he had a place there." Despite his slightly odd encounter with the maester at the bureaucrat's desk, we believe that Sam will be very happy at the Citadel.
As Sam and Gilly arrived in Oldtown, in the distance they saw white ravens circling the Hightower, signalling the arrival of winter. However, in reality, winter coming is delaying the production of Game of Thrones Season 7, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirm that filming will be pushed back, as they wait for winter weather. Bradley seems to have trust in the executive producers' judgment, and attention to detail as he remarked that the gyroscope, which is the focal point of the show's opening credits, is almost a replica of the one which Sam sees as he enters the Citadel's magnificent and ancient library.
Speaking about whether or not this gyroscope could have a deeper meaning for Sam, Bradley revealed: "One theory is that what we're seeing now and how we're experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones. The one thing I found moving about that object being the same in the Citadel and in the opening titles is that it's a testament to [showrunner David Benioff and Dan Weiss'] foresight, that they can plan something that only comes to fruition much later on." It seems as though we are finally getting to a point in the series where we are being given an insight into a much bigger picture which encompasses all that we've learned so far on the show. We just hope that Sam is able to complete his training before the White Walkers try to get over the wall. What are your predictions for Sam's future in Game of Thrones Season 7?