The wait has been long, so long that some of us may have already rewatched the previous seasons a thousand times by now. Game of Thrones returns on July 16, and I’m here to fill you in on the where, what, who, how, and why of its new season.
Season 7 promises fireworks as the show’s penultimate year, much is expected.
Season 6 ended on a high note for a lot of our major players. Jon Snow and Sansa Stark kicked the Boltons out of Winterfell, and Jon Snow was elected King in the North. Cersei bested the Sparrows and was crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen returned to Meereen with a new Dothraki army, made a show of force in front of the slavers, and finally set out for Westeros after six years of promises. Theon Greyjoy escaped Ramsay Bolton and is now fighting for Daenerys alongside his sister Yara, Arya left the cult of the Faceless Men and got revenge on Walder Frey, and after a year offstage, the Hound turned up alive! Sounds like a lot? Well, that is Game of Thrones for you!
Sure, there were losses along the way (RIP Hodor and Margaery Tyrell), but overall, things are looking up for almost everybody. But this is Game of Thrones, a show that’s built a reputation on slathering its audience in misery, so don’t expect it to last. With Daenerys and Cersei on a collision course in the south and the White Walkers knocking on the Wall in the North, there’s trouble on the way. The official season 7 poster doesn’t feature the Night King glowering at us from the dark for nothing.
The point of this review is to catch you up on where these characters have been, where they’re going, and what kind of trouble they’re likely to run in to. There are plenty of characters who have yet to formally align themselves with anyone, even if their allegiance seems pretty inevitable. That will be interesting to watch.
The running joke with Game of Thrones is that it’s just like Twitter—there are 140 characters and you never have any idea what is going on. But the good thing about a show that is so willing to slit the throats of even its most prominent stars is that, as it enters its penultimate season, there’s suddenly a much more manageable volume of characters and storylines.
See you Sunday!
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