We’re just over a week away from the return of Game of Thrones, and while we’ve learned a few things about season seven from trailers and the like, a new set of titles and descriptions for the first three episodes have us wondering just what’s going to happen now that winter has arrived.
As is typically the case with these sort of details, HBO’s left the descriptions purposefully vague, but the titles themselves offer some solid hints at what’s next for Daenerys, Tyrion, Jon Snow, and the Lannister twins.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the premiere episode will check in with at least three major storylines. We’ll see Jon Snow rallying troops in the north, presumably to fight against the White Walkers, while Cersei schemes from the Iron Throne. Daenerys will arrive at Dragonstone, the Targaryen ancestral home, briefly seen in the most recent season seven trailer.
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
The title of the season’s second episode is yet another nod to Targaryen history. Daenerys will grant an audience to someone (but who?), while Tyrion, her current advisor, plots their next move.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Of the three titles we know so far, this episode’s is the most open to interpretation. And here’s the non-descriptive description:
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Considering how Cersei murdered essentially all of her closest enemies with wildfire last season, it’s unclear if the gift in question is a literal one, a trap of some sort, or a reference to the “gifts” a queen must have in order to be fit. Also, Jaime has made a lot of mistakes... is he really going to start learning from them now?
The stage is set for Game of Thrones to finally make its major power players collide in world-changing ways, but it remains to be seen just how all of the pieces of the larger puzzle will fit together as the season develops. What’s your read on the first three episodes? Let us know down below.