'Game Of Thrones' Season 7: Top 10 Facts You Need To Know Before The Premiere

Britt Lawrence

Are you ready for Game of Thrones Season 7? The Season 6 finale aired last June, which means over a year has passed since fans last saw their favorite characters.

That is a lot of time, which means a recap of where Game of Thrones left off, is likely in order. Here are ten vital facts you need to know to be prepared for what Season 7 has in store.

With Jon having fulfilled his duties at the Night's Watch, he declared his "watch" had ended, paving the way for him to lead House Stark. Once he and Sansa reunited, the two forged a plan to rescue their youngest brother Rickon, who had been captured by Ramsay, and retake Winterfell. Having successfully defeated House Bolton in a nail-biting battle, the Starks reclaimed their ancestral home in the penultimate episode of Season 6.

As of the Season 6 finale, Sansa has not told Jon about Littlefinger's plans to sit the Iron Throne with her at his side. In the final scene at Winterfell, Sansa shares an ominous look with her mentor. Winter has come. Is betrayal next? In an interview with Indiewire, Kit Harington, who stars as Jon Snow on the HBO hit, teased the tension between the siblings in Season 7.

Unfortunately for the Starks, their family will be even smaller in Season 7. The only Stark siblings still alive are Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, and Bran.

In the end, the Northern Lords rewarded his efforts, electing him the new King in the North. It is a title Jon's brother Robb Stark held upon his death. Let's hope thing go better for Jon than they did his brother.

Rhaegar Targaryen was next-in-line to the Iron Throne after his father the Mad King was killed by Jaime Lannister. Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon, who was then crowned the King of the Seven Kingdoms.

If Jon is Rhaegar's legitimate son, he is the automatic heir to the Iron Throne, thus jeopardizing Daenerys' claim. As the daughter of the Mad King and Rhaegar's sister, her nephew's claim supersedes her own.

Stay tuned to find out if Jon, Daenerys, and the rest of the Seven Kingdoms learn the truth. Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres July 16 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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