It's a hard life in Westeros without your best friend. Just ask Jon Snow. Mere days after sending Sam to the Citadel to research the whole impending White Walker apocalypse thing, he got stabbed by his Night's Watch brothers and had to be brought back from the dead. Thankfully, Game of Thrones stars John Bradley and Kit Harington reunited for an Instagram photo recently to remind the world what a great team these guys are. But it still doesn't sound like that will translate into an onscreen Jon and Sam reunion anytime soon.
Bradley captioned the adorable picture, "Briefly, but happily, back together again." It's the "briefly" part that concerns me. While there have been plenty of rumors about characters reuniting or meeting for the first time in Game of Thrones Season 7, it sounds like Sam and Jon may be spending another season apart. As sad as it is, it would make sense if Sam and Jon's paths don't cross again just yet. Sam just arrived at the Citadel at the end of Season 6, and Jon's likely going to be busy trying to handle things in the North, while also convincing the rest of the kingdom an undead army is marching their way.
Without Sam's help, Jon and the Northerners will be left to continue fighting the Walkers with dragonglass and Valyrian steel — neither of which are in plentiful supply. Just because it sounds like Sam will be spending most of his time at the Citadel this season doesn't mean he won't have a major breakthrough though. Since the show only has two seasons left, Sam should reunite with his best pal by Season 8 at least. After all, he's in possession of one of the few Valyrian steel swords in Westeros now. That has to come into play at some point.
While you wait for their onscreen reunion, why not bask in the beauty of Harington and Bradley hanging out together off screen? It's always nice to see these two, even when they're not sporting furs to fend off the cold at The Wall. Their characters are in different places right now, but it's important to remember they're on the same journey.
Sam's goal is to find a way to help his friend win the war and save the Seven Kingdoms, and Sam is nothing if not loyal. There's no way he's going to let Jon down. And hey, the upside to him likely spending the season at the Citadel is that there will probably be more scenes featuring that Beauty and the Beast-worthy library.
Besides, you know if they both make it out of the Great War alive, Jon will totally name Sam the new Maester of Winterfell. Few things are guaranteed in Westeros, but Sam and Jon's friendship is forever.