Winter is coming in July, and after seeing the latest trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it is clear that the stakes have never been higher. Timid princess-turned-predator Sansa continues her tutelage with the king of games, Little Finger. Everyone knows that in the Game of Thrones, you win or you die, and we are given a glimpse of those who haven’t yet lost: Cersei, Daenerys, Arya, Jaimie, Tyrion, Brandon, and the vast cast of supporting characters who have one way or another managed to survive against the odds.
Yet it is clear that the death count is about to rise again, and it isn’t only humans who are struggling for supremacy. The White Walkers are on the move, and among the living, only those who can play nice with others will have a chance. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” This is not the general philosophy of Westeros, however; the dog-eat-dire-wolf ethos is the only reason any of the current major players are still alive. Even Sansa, who grew up thinking chivalry was not dead, has made it clear she is looking out for numero uno, even above family.
Unlike previous seasons, which spun their rich bounty of drama, death and intrigue over 10 episodes, season 7 will only have 7 episodes, though most will be longer than average, and one is nearly as long as a full-length movie.
Like season 6, season 7 is breaking new ground in the Game of Thrones universe. The book this season is based upon (The Winds of Winter) has not been released yet, and no firm release date has been set, which only adds to the excitement over new developments in the extremely complex epic fantasy.
Time to get excited
If you feel a little behind the action, or you call half of the characters “that guy,” “what’s-his-face” or a Westerosy-sounding name you made up (like Barodarodarian, or Sir Friendzone), you might be interested in signing up for HBONow’s one month free trial and getting caught up. They have every episode available, from season one onward.
Don’t have time to re-watch everything, don’t want to use your 30 day trial (or already used it), or just looking for a quick reference? That’s not a problem, because HBO also has exclusive extras available without a subscription, which include episode synopsis’ so you can quickly brush up. Also available are discussions by the creators and the cast, behind-the-scenes footage, and a massive library of biographical information about the characters so you don’t have to play “guess who I’m talking about” with your friends.
Don’t remember where everyone is, or where they are going? Check out the interactive map of Westeros!