HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: 15 New Photos Preview The Next War For Westeros, The Great War, Winter Is Here (PHOTOS)
HBO’s Game of Thrones is TV’s best and biggest show. But with Winter Here, it now has become the most dangerous to its characters. Photos released Thursday by HBO, show Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) wearing new garb as they step into their respective roles as leaders — Jon being the King in the North, and Dany being the would-be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. What’s more, Dany’s entire squad appears to be clad in similar attire, boasting a scale-like texture that resembles the ferocious dragons of House Targaryen.
Fashion updates aside, we’re really just at the tip of the iceberg as far as what’s revealed in the new photos. For instance, more Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) sharing romantic screen time? Well, one-sided perhaps. And more Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Lady of Bear Island.
In the Season 6 finale, we left the denizens of the Seven Kingdoms are at a breaking point, especially the ones who live in King’s Landing. The season six finale featured Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) enacting vengeance on her worst enemies, leveling the Sept of Baelor and burning untold innocents alive with wildfire, purely to destroy a select few. Cersei’s final child, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), committed suicide shortly thereafter, leaving Cersei with a seat on the Iron Throne.
In the North, another major development occurred: Jon Snow, fresh from defeating Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in the epic “Battle of the Bastards,” defied his half-Stark odds and became the new King in the North — seemingly to Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Littlefinger’s (Aidan Gillen) chagrin. Little do they know, and little does Jon know, that the new Lord of Winterfell has more than the ice of House Stark coursing through his veins: During a trip to the past, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) discovered that Jon Snow’s mother is Lady Lyanna Stark, and it’s strongly suggested that his real father is the late Rhaegar Targaryen, a development that gives Jon one of the strongest claims to the Iron Throne of anyone on the show.
But Jon isn’t the only Targaryen in Westeros, or at least he won’t be for long. Season six ended with an iconic image that longtime viewers have yearned for ever since the first season: Daenerys sailing toward Westeros, ready to claim her birthright. With allies like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) on her side, it would be unwise to bet against the Mother of Dragons.
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