As is now customary, HBO unleashed the first three episodes titles and plot synopses for the upcoming seventh season. As is also traditional, they are light on specifics. But let’s take a look and see what we can glean from them.
It all begins with the season premiere, “Dragonstone” on July 16th. Written by executive producers David Benioff & D. B. Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, the following events will occur: “Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.”
How many odds are left for Drunk Queen Cersei to even? Who dare oppose her now in her seat of power? The local wine makers must be quaking in fear. More interesting to me is the chance to see Daenerys arrive on Dragonstone. It’s presumably still a Baratheon fort. In fact, in the Song of Ice and Fire novels, Dragonstone is under siege by forces representing the Iron Throne hoping to claim it back from Stannis. You have to wonder how much of a fight the remaining Baratheon troops will put up when they see the dragons. Another interesting wrinkle: Dany has memories of life there just before she fled as a young girl to Essos.
The next week’s episode, “Stormborn” will see “Daenerys receives an unexpected visitor” while “Jon faces a revolt” and “Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.”
Feel free to speculate on the identity of the unexpected visitor, but I’ll guess Melissandre. As for Jon, he’s always facing a revolt, so nothing new there … unless of course Lyanna Mormont is leading the charge. And I cannot wait to see Tyrion as a master strategist once more.
Finally, the third episode is “The Queen’s Justice” in which “Daenerys holds court, Cersei returns a gift,” and “Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.”
I guess it’s good that Jaime is finally learning something, though what mistake could finally lead to his change of heart? Assuming he is having the right change of heart. As readers of A Feast for Crows know, he comes to a momentous decision that will, presumably, clear the path to Clegnebowl in the books. Which, come to think of it, makes me wonder if she’ll attempt to give Zombie Mountain back to the dead? It would demolish hopes for Cleaganebowl is she succeeds.
But the truth will be upon us soon as Game of Thrones begins its penultimate season on July 16th. Get hype.