The recent seasons of the popular HBO fantasy series have finally caught up and passed the George R.R. Martin books that they are based upon. Due to this, these final two seasons will have the millions of fans of the show, both book readers and non-book readers, scrounging the Internet for all the details that they can find. As usual, HBO has been light on supplying, looking to preserve the shock value of the big twists and turns that have made a name for the series. Little by little, we've gotten more and more information over the year since the season six finale, with war on its way to Westeros and every one of the beloved characters, both good and evil, in grave peril.
With the new season set to finally premiere on July 16th, Entertainment Weekly has acquired the titles and brief plot summaries from the first three episodes of the seven-episode seventh season. As usual, HBO has left just a few cryptic details to tease the eager audience, but there are a few details that seem to have been brought to light by these reveals. Be warned that there are some potential mild SPOILERS in these titles for those looking to go into the new season completely pure:
Episode #61: “Dragonstone” (July 16)
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.
Episode #62: “Stormborn” (July 23)
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.
Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30)
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.
The first episode's title refers to the home of House Targaryen, most recently ruled by Stannis Baratheon. It appears that Dany will be reaching her family's home earlier than anticipated. "Stormborn" also refers to Dany, as when she was born on Dragonstone a storm raged on the island. "The Queen's Justice", on the other hand, could be referring to either Dany or Cersei Lannister, who is officially resting on the Iron Throne following her hostile takedown of the High Sparrow and the suicide of her son Tommen. Plot details, on the other hand, are too vague to speculate about currently. They're worded to titilate but not to reveal, and that's exactly what they do.
Co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are writing the first and third episodes, while regular season five and six directors Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod returning to helm these episodes. There are no lengths listed on the episodes, but it has been reported that some episodes will be over the usual 40-50 minutes, while the finale may run 80 minutes. This makes sense, as with so many characters to cover and less showtime to do so, Game of Thrones will be returning with a breakneck and dizzying pace unlike anything seen on the usually slow-building epic series before.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres with 'Dragonstone' on Sunday, July 16th, on HBO.