To borrow an oft-repeated phrase from Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), the faith and the crown have always been the twin pillars that hold up the world in Game of Thrones. And while the Lord of Light, the Drowned God, the Many-Faced God, and more have certainly made their marks on the events of the series, none have gotten quite as much prominence as the the Seven.
Most of the characters we know from Westeros believe in these "new gods," with their oaths always devoted to them and the so-called "old gods." Whether it was Catelyn Stark's (Michelle Fairley) handmade prayer wheels or the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) going on about the Mother's mercy and the Father's thirst for justice, the Seven have been ingrained in the lore of the show since the beginning.
The importance of the specific members of the Seven came into view in Season 7, Episode 7, too. In the flashback to Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark's wedding, the two recited this section of the traditional vows: "Father, Smith, Warrior, Mother, Maiden, Crone, Stranger, I am hers/his and she/he is mine from this day until the end of my days."
The fact that all seven were listed out in such an important moment might have reminded viewers of the long-running theory that each of these gods parallel people we know from the show. In the beginning, many suspected they might represent the various members of the Stark family, but now, there's a growing belief that the Seven might have more to do with characters that are still alive in the final season — and it could maybe even clue us into who'll survive the whole thing.
Sometimes, Game of Thrones appears to spell out such a connection. Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), for example, fought a bear in "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) has repeatedly referred to himself as a smith. Not to mention, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) once stripped away all artifice to reveal that her body is, indeed, very old and decrepit, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) literally calls herself the Mother of Dragons.
However, even those are still up for debate. To settle the issue once and for all, weigh in on the poll below with your picks for who each of the Seven represent, and hit the comments to let us know whether and how you think the Seven will feature in the events of Game of Thrones' grand finale.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.