Here’s a weekend treat for those of us who parsed every second of the Game of Thrones Season 7 trailers: HBO has revealed summaries of the first three episodes to screen later this month.
As is the nature of these TV Guide-style summaries, there isn’t a whole lot of information but when it comes to Game of Thrones fandom, a drop can turn into a whole Narrow Sea.
For example, the first episode summary confirms that Daenerys Targaryen invades the island of Dragonstone, formerly owned by Stannis Baratheon the “home” of the Targaryens for many centuries.
Here’s what you have to play with:
Episode #61: Dragonstone
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Episode #62: Stormborn
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Episode #63: The Queens Justice
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
“Tyrion plans the conquest of Westeros” is probably the most exciting of these details, and definitely a spin-off series we’d watch. But it could also confirm a theory that the littlest Lannister is planning to invade Casterly Rock itself because he knows his way around the sewers of his estranged family’s otherwise impregnable home. (See #4 in this story for more.)
Jon may “face a revolt” in the North after the inevitable revelation of his true Targaryen parentage; that could explain why he’s seen in the trailer attacking Littlefinger in the crypt of Winterfell.
Of all the story arcs, Cersei’s remains the most mysterious. Could the “gift” she’s looking to return be the snake she received from Dorne a couple of seasons ago? After all, the Sands of Dorne deserve some cold-served Cersei revenge for killing her daughter Myrcella.
And how is Cersei trying to “even the odds”? We know that Euron Greyjoy is heading to King’s Landing could this refer to an alliance between the mass-murdering Lannister Queen and the most evil of Iron Islanders?
If Cersei makes an alliance with Euron, that could be the final straw for brother Jaime. Hence him “learning from his mistakes” and perhaps switching sides against her?
What we’re holding our breath for, though, is Dany’s “unexpected visitor.” We know that she and Jon Snow are shortly to meet could it really be this soon? (He and Davos are saddled up to ride out somewhere together in the trailers; if you were to take a boat to Dragonstone to plead your case for the defense of the North against the White Walkers, you’d probably want Ser Davos Seaworth by your side. He knows the place pretty well.)
We also know Jon has a habit of skipping out of whatever location he’s supposed to be defending, making a revolt that much more likely. Oh, and leaving Sansa alone with Littlefinger? Nice work, big brother.
He learns nothing, that lad.
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