As the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere draws closer, new photos tease what’s ahead for the show’s remaining characters.
Game of Thrones returns in less than two months, and anticipation is growing. Entertainment Weekly has new photos from Season 7 episodes as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses, showing what Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and more are up to.
The most noteworthy photo of the bunch shows Daenerys Targaryen riding one of her dragons as a fiery battle rages around them. Daenerys was last seen in the Season 6 finale riding with her army across the sea to Westeros, where she is looking to claim the crown she believes she is owed. Game of Thrones fans have been eagerly anticipating Daenerys’ trek to Westeros for several seasons, with the Mother of Dragons slowly but steadily building her vast army. While the photo doesn’t make it clear exactly where Daenerys is doing battle, it looks like her fire-breathing dragon may have already caused some destruction on their way to King’s Landing.
Meanwhile, it looks like winter is finally coming on Game of Thrones as seen in the photo of Jon Snow. He is seen riding a horse in Winterfell among his men as snow consistently falls around them. Jon was previously seen battling for control of Winterfell, with him and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) getting ready to lead their army in the wars to come.
There’s also a peek behind the scenes of Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) sitting on the Iron Throne as brother/lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) stands watch. Other photos include Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on a horse, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth mugging for the camera, Sansa speaking with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), and Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane behind the scenes.
Game of Thrones is heading into its first full season of original content, with material from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series being covered in the show’s first six seasons. Season 6 featured new material as well, but Season 7 is expected to wholly comprise of original plot developments and yet-to-be-seen content from the forthcoming final books in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones will divert from previous seasons in episode count as well. While the first six seasons comprised of 10 episodes each, the upcoming seventh season will only last for seven episodes. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss previously stated that they were heading into the final 13 episodes of the series, suggesting that Season 8 will comprise of six episodes.
“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” Benioff told Variety last April. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
As fans try to guess what will happen in the final episodes of Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently revealed that the ending to the series may already be out there in the world.
“If you go online you can definitely read every plot point that’s going to happen,” he told the Observer. “You can find the ending of Game of Thrones on the internet. It’s there. But you wouldn’t know. Of course, nobody really wants to know.”
Coster-Waldau also suggested that he could tell people spoilers for what will happen, but they may not even believe him.
“Maybe I should try it one day,” he said. “Just say, ‘Yeah, here is exactly what happens.’ You’d probably just go, ‘Pfffft, no, it’s not.'”
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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