Your Vital Primer For The Penultimate Season Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

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Winter is coming and we are more than ready for it, probably more so than Jon Snow.

Having been left with so much to hang on to when Season 6 ended, we now face the seventh season with great anticipation, particularly with the pieces now all seemingly in place: Jon and company in the North, Cersei Lannister in King’s Landing, and Daenerys Targaryen well on her way to take back what she believes is her birthright.

The bastard who became king

Some fans have been rooting for Jon Snow since the beginning. We, on the other hand, only started to believe in him following his Christ-like resurrection.

Surely, we thought, he must be really important to have been revived by the show creators and in dramatic fashion at that.

They could have done the same with Robb but, of course, they didn’t.

No doubt, Mr. Snow’s storyline could only unravel further this season.

Already, he has banished Melisandre, reorganized the Night’s Watch, and put an end to Ramsay Bolton.

He has also been named King Of The North.

But there’s the matter of her sister Sansa seemingly being under the spell of the cunning Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish.

Will Littlefinger be able to sow discord between the two?

Then there’s the advancing White Walkers. Will the greatly diminished Night’s Watch be able to stop them, or at the very least, delay their efforts?

And how will Bran and Meera figure in all of these? Last season, the two were already on their way to the Wall as accompanied by Benjen Stark.

Will Bran’s power be enough to hold back the icy destroyers?


The assassin

Another interesting side story is that of Arya, now to be considered the deadliest of all the remaining Stark siblings.

After learning the ways of the Faceless Men in Braavos, she has since departed the city and has already claimed the life of the evil Walder Frey.

We could only guess who’s next.

Meanwhile, Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane is wandering about the region as well and has joined the Brotherhood.

What will happen when he and Arya, who left him for dead some season or two ago, meet?

We are also eager to learn about the whereabouts of Brienne of Tarth and her squire Podrick Payne.

The last time we saw the two, they were on a boat escaping Riverrun, waving goodbye to Jaime Lannister.

Emerging as main villain following the demise of Ramsay is Euron Greyjoy, who is also looking to conquer the Iron Throne.

For now, he rules the Iron Islands, promptly declaring war on his recently reunited niece and nephew, Yara and Theon, who have since decided to join forces with Daenerys Targaryen.

Queen at last

In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister now answers to no one except herself.

But the question is, is she ready to face Daenerys’ forces?

Not that she’s all alone.

Apart from having a weapon of mass destruction in wildfire, Cersei could still count on the loyalty of her brother/lover Jaime, the seemingly magical powers of Qyburn and her undead bodyguard Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane.

Then again, would it be enough?

As they said, never underestimate a mother who have already seemingly lost it all.


Enter the dragons

After several seasons wasting time in various stops, Daenerys is now sea-bound, aiming to conquer the Seven Kingdoms by storm.

Of all the families in the story, it is Daenerys who seems to have it all: three dragons that could possibly thwart the White Walkers; a massive army that includes both Dothrakis and the Unsullied ready to fight for her to the death; House Greyjoy, as led by Yara and Theon; House Tyrell, commanded by Lady Olenna; and, of course, Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes—all of whom are eager to destroy House Lannister.

Even with her lover Daario Naharis having been left behind in Meereen and Ser Jorah Mormont yet to find a cure for greyscale, the Mother of Dragons can count on Greyworm, Missandei, Lord Varys and, best of all, Tyrion Lannister to fulfill her dream.

Will she or won’t she? Well, as they say in local parlance, abangan.

 



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