Game of Thrones seventh season is due to premiere next week on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The television adaptation has just outpaced its source material, so the upcoming seasons are a mystery to everyone. That means that everyone is now frantically looking for any sort of hint as to what the upcoming episodes will be about.
HBO released the first three episode titles and a short two sentence synopsis for each this week, giving fans a glimpse into what the first three weeks will bring. With only seven episodes for the seventh season that will be told at a breakneck pace, nobody is safe in this epic tale. HBO has also been quiet about how long each episode will run as well, with conflicting reports that multiple episodes might go over the standard 40- to 50-minute length. There have also been reports that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale will run 80 minutes long.
Be warned. There are potential Game of Thrones spoilers about Season 7 in the episode synopses that are attached to each episode title. So if you are a purist and prefer to go into the new Game of Thrones season with no advance knowledge, this is your opportunity to turn back now.
Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1
Episode #61 “Dragonstone” (July 16): Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home. Written for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Dragonstone is where Daenerys was born, and it is only fitting that it is where she makes her landfall in Westeros. It’s also where Stannis Baratheon was once lord. With Stannis’ death, however, it was never revealed who now holds the castle. It’s likely that it’s only held by a light force of House Lannister troops who won’t be much of a challenge for a dragon-backed Dany.
Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2
Episode #62 “Stormborn” (July 23): Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros. Written for television by Bryan Cogman and directed by Mark Mylod.
Stormborn, of course, refers to Daenerys, whose birth was marked by a raging storm on Dragonstone. It wasn’t just a regular squall either. According to the first book, A Storm of Swords, it was the greatest storm in the memory of Westeros and so powerful that it ripped gargoyles from the castle. It also demolished her father’s fleet to kindling. This could be a hint of the fate that is about to befall the Ironborn as well.
Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 3
Episode #63 “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30): Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes. Written for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Mark Mylod.
There are two self-titled queens in Westeros now. There’s Queen Daenerys and Queen Cersei. Which one of these this episode refers to is anyone’s guess, although it might refer to both of them, contrasting their various ruling styles. Especially because Daenerys will be holding court, meaning that she’ll have a chance to demonstrate to the various lords of Westeros what it means to have a Targaryen back in the Kingdom.
These synopses cover the first full half of Game of Thrones Season 7 and give some pretty broad hints about what to expect. It remains to be seen what the second half of the season brings, as well as what the finale will showcase. Whatever it is, millions of fans will be glued to their televisions and mobile devices every Sunday, waiting to see the eventual clash of the queens.
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