With just a few days to go until Game of Thrones premieres on July 16th, HBO has finally released the titles and summaries for the first three episodes of the upcoming seventh season. It’s probably our last taste of what the new season has to offer before we see for ourselves. HBO continues to play its cards close to its chest– the titles of the episodes don’t offer much new information about the upcoming plot, and the sparsely worded summaries are similarly cryptic. Nonetheless, now we have something new to speculate about!
Check out the titles and summaries below:
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.Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
After seasons and seasons of waiting for Daenerys to return to Westeros, it looks like we’ll finally get some satisfaction in this first episode. “Dragonstone,” refers the castle which was once the ancestral home of the Targaryens. We can see Daenerys there in the trailers HBO has released, and it looks like she will be making it her base of operations. It will be interesting to see how Jon Snow and Cersei Lannister, both newly crowned, will react to the would-be queen’s sudden arrival.
Episode #62: “Stormborn”
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros. Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.
Another Targaryen themed episode, “Stormborn,” is one of Daenerys’ many titles. It is one of her first– earned from her birth and suggests that Daenerys may be returning to her roots. As for the revolt, Jon’s position is certainly tenuous– the Northern lords seem slightly reluctant to follow him and his sister Sansa, herself, seems to have doubts about his new position. Jon Snow demonstrated he is an apt leader during his time as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, so something tells me he will be able to maintain control as King in the North. Tyrion Lannister will be no doubt be very useful in helping Daenerys to plan her invasion of Westeros, but it will be interesting to see how he reconciles fighting against past friends and family members.
Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice”
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes. Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.
This title is slightly ambiguous– there are now two Queens currently in Westeros, both with very different views of justice. For Cersei Lannister, justice is fueled by revenge, while Daenerys attempts to be a more idealistic ruler. Jaime Lannister has made so many mistakes, it is impossible to speculate which ones he’ll be learning from, but it is noteworthy that he is one of the few characters receptive to making a change for the better, when many of those around him simply dig their heels in and keep making the same errors over and over again. His biggest mistake, however, seems to be his inability to shake his love for Cersei. As his sister spirals out of control, Jaime will have to make a decision about his loyalty to her once and for all.
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