The Season 7 premiere of the HBO original series, “Game of Thrones” is slated to air Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Since the beginning of the series, fans have sat back and watched as each house fought for their rightful place on the Iron Throne as leader of the Seven Realms.
The tagline, “Winter is coming,” has been engrained into audience’s minds since the series inception. Fans have wondered: What is winter bringing? And, why must all fear it? Some of the answers may be revealed in the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 trailer. In this preview, the Seven Kingdoms prepare for a bloody and throat wrenching battle for a throne made of iron swords and the souls of those who have fought for it.
Who Should Fans Cheer For?
Once again, the love-hate relationship fans have with the Lannister Family, especially Cersei (Lena Headey), will boil to the surface. However, not all Lannisters are disliked as much as Cersei. Her brothers Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) are loved for their strange ways of doing the right things.
After Cersei killed her last remaining son to regain power as queen, fans’ hatred for her grew stronger. It is hard to say whether or not anyone will be cheering her and the Lannister family to the Iron Throne.
However, it is clear that many fans are rooting for the beautiful Dragon Mother, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The young enchantress started out as a meek and meager leader, due to being married off against her will. Nevertheless, she has become a strong force to reckon with, partly because she has three dragons and can walk through fire without getting a single scorch mark on her fair skin.
However, it could be because the Dothraki queen ruled with a kind and fair heart, yet wielded a firm fist when needed. Without a doubt, her strategy for the impending battle will include her fierce army of well-trained eunuchs, known as the Unsullied, the Dothraki, and her fire-breathing dragons. Let the fires ensue!
What about Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington? The illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) has been a favorite among fans throughout the series. Snow’s kind and gentle spirit mixed with the need to do right has never faltered.
Even after he joined the Night’s Watch and was mistreated because of his status, he still held strong morals. Going further, Snow did not allow the betrayal of his fellow watchmen to waver his beliefs after they killed him. When he was brought back to life, the illegitimate child of Ed Stark remained strong in his morals, though he sought vengeance against those who wronged him. Alongside Snow will be Sansa Stark (Sophie (Turner) in a battle she might not yet understand.
Sure enough, Snow and Sansa will be among those fans cheer on during the battle for the Iron Throne. While it may seem the entire world of “Game of Thrones,” in Season 7, is going to try to gain the seat of the Iron Throne, there are some who only want unity, like Ser Devos, played by Liam Cunningham.
‘Game of Throne’s’ Lost Girl Arya Stark
Now that winter is finally here: Where is Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams? Arya’s storyline seemed fine, until the death of her father Ed Stark. Somehow, it went all wonky and the poor girl decided to travel a world of the very strange and weird. Being the youngest of the Stark children, she was separated from her family and went on a journey of the psychotic mind.
However, her storyline did not become truly weird and out of place until she became “A girl with no name, or face.” The story felt forced and like it was just there to keep Arya, and the actor who played her, alive until the Season 7 “Game of Thrones” battle.
At the moment, no one has seen the youngest of the Stark family since she was taken away after her father’s beheading. In the trailer, Arya takes in and lets out a breath of smoke-like air signifying that the Night King, (Vladimir Furdik) and his army are on the way. Hopefully, the youngest Stark’s storyline becomes clearer in Season 7.
Mother of Dragons Comes Ready for a Fight
In the trailer for Season 7 of “Game of Thrones,” audiences see that Daenerys is storming the possible archway into Casterly Rock, the home of the Lannisters and the Iron Throne. Also shown in the preview is the Mother of Dragons walking to a different throne from the one the houses are fighting for. Fans speculate that this may be her return to Dragonstone, a city previously ruled by the Targaryens.
Will Cersei Die at Jamie’s Hand?
Many fans have cursed their televisions because Cersei continues to commit evil or underhanded acts and she still lives. It seemed as though nothing or no one could kill this maleficent force of nature. However, suspicions are rising of her impending death in Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.”
This speculation comes from a theory, based on a prophecy told by Maggy the Frog (Jodhi May) in Season 5. It foretold many things about Cersei’s life, including her relationship with Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and how many children they would have.
However, another part of the prophecy that was not in “Game of Thrones,” predicted a valonqar, which means little brother in Valyrian, will come and kill her. Maggy did not say which brother it would be, leaving plenty of room for speculation.
Jamie has been the only person who has had Cersei’s back throughout the series. They not only share children together, they were madly in love with one another. Now that their children are dead, Jamie’s alliance to his sister and ex-lover is faltering. In Season 7 of “Game of Thrones,” fans may see this shift. Oh what a tangled web the Lannister’s weave.
Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” is going to be shorter than usual, consisting of seven episodes, instead of their usual 10. However, it seems as though individual episodes will be longer. The season’s premiere will be 59 minutes long and is the longest-airing episode to date. The season 7 finale will be over an hour long.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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