Game of Thrones Season 7
Another set of photos has been released with the premiere of Season 7 fast approaching. See what they have to say about what is to come:
The first photo we see of Daenerys, she is clearly not impressed. She appears to be listening to someone speak, but their words are clearly not up to the standard the rightful queen of Westeros demands. Whether it’s a fair-weather ally coming to proclaim their fealty, or someone trying to tell the mother of Dragons that she has no claim, she is not having it. She is stoic and confident, sure of her path and determined to do what is necessary to get her family’s throne back.
The next two show a different side of her. She has reached the kingdom she seeks to claim and is faced with the gravity of the next part of her task. She is bringing her Unsullied warriors and the Dothraki warriors onto the shores of a land they have never seen, one that is very different from their home. While the Unsullied will obey her every command, the Dothraki are warriors, who steal and rape what they wish, taking idols from their enemies and sacking what remains. They will be hell unleashed on Westeros and Daenerys knows that. She also knows she must have them. As she touches the soil of her rightful kingdom, Dany seems to reflect on what lies ahead. In the next photos, something seems to be concerning not only the queen herself but her advisors as well. Perhaps they have met someone at Dragonstone they did not expect (past photos have suggested that Melisandre may have returned there now that Jon Snow has cast her out). Or maybe it’s the state of the castle itself, which has been mostly uninhabited for as long as Stannis was gone on his crusade. At least they shouldn’t have much trouble taking it for themselves. Either way, something about what she sees has (perhaps only momentarily) shaken her confidence just a bit.
Cersei looks like a well-fed lion, comfortable on her throne and completely unafraid. With the silent form of her brother beside her, she sees to her court, but it doesn’t seem that she has anyone’s interests but her own in mind.
In the map room, however, things are different. After describing to brother Jaime about the dangers all around them, Cersei takes a moment to calm her nerves with her favorite drink: wine. Though looking at her face it doesn’t seem to be doing enough. Who can blame her, though? There are enemies of all types that can attack at any time: ships of pirates to the west ready to ravage the shores and come in like flood water; snakes to the south who would like nothing more than to poison or gut her and anyone else who serves her; wolves to the north who fight alongside wildlings with the fear of greater monsters than the Lannisters spurring them into action, and Dragons to the east, burning their way toward glory with hordes of unbeatable soldiers and bloodthirsty warriors the likes of which Westeros has never seen. To be frank, Cersei’s reign on the throne seems like it will be a short one. And yet standing beside her is Jaime: the Lannister who knows war better than anything else. He has stood by her through all her mad days and wild schemes, serving her even when she drives him away. He is her one faithful companion; the only family she can trust, despite all the times she proved she was not looking out for him as he always does for her. Jaime is there, talking through the problem at hand, ever dutiful. Though it may be too late for even him to help her.
The Starks have their work cut out for them, considering the rest of the realm is too busy worrying about killing each other to even consider the white walker threat. Jon Snow looks serious as usual, but there’s also a little scowl on his serious face. It seems things are not going as well as the King in the North would like. Considering the other Queens, Lords, and Ladies are unwilling to even acknowledge the threat he currently faces, it’s hard to blame him for his sour face. Say what you will about Stannis (the daughter burning, brother murdering bastard), but the moment he heard the realm was in danger, his kingdom was in danger, he immediately went to the aid of the Night’s Watch. One doubts that Cersei will be as forward thinking or considerate.
Davos remains with the King in the North, seen with Stark banners behind him. He is another who carries a constant serious expression, but here he seems a bit unsure. Perhaps the young king has not heeded his counsel. Or maybe Jon has, and Davos is questioning the wisdom in what he has given. Regardless, Jon is lucky to have him. He is a wise counselor with a good heart, and experience very different from Jon or Sansa. He’s also loyal and trustworthy, unlike Littlefinger, who currently whispers in Sansa’s ear.
But Sansa remains at Jon’s side, and from the pictures, it seems she’ll stay as close as possible whenever it seems decisions are being made. Her serious and almost knowing expression tells us that she is soaking up every piece of information she can, and making sure she is there to give her opinion and be heard. Sansa believes it was because of her allegiance with Littlefinger that Jon ever won the North in the first place, and she wouldn’t be wrong. Perhaps she is not the Queen in the North, but she has the Kings ear as his “sister”, and she wants her counsel to be heeded as much as anyone else’s.
Celebrated Wildling warrior Tormund remains with Jon as well, sitting among the Lords and soldiers, and if his personality is anything to go by, putting his two cents in whenever he feels he should; or wants to. He has a proud, slightly wild look in his eyes, which probably means he’s talking about fighting. If not, he’s telling another wild story about loving a bear. No matter what he is currently speaking of, Jon is lucky to have him. He is a seasoned warrior, so different from the soldiers of Westeros, with the knowledge that is invaluable in the coming winter. He is also the closest thing the Wildlings will ever have to a leader again. He’s not their King or Lord, but they look up to him and will follow him to a degree. Without him, Jon could possibly lose the Freedmen’s help. Though considering what he saved them from, it is doubtful they would abandon the fight to save their new lands.
Avenging the Fallen
The end of season 6 showed fans something they had been clamoring for; the return of Arya Stark to Westeros. Despite having the skills of a faceless man, the girl has a name, and she still has a few names remaining on her list. One wonders, however, if she will head straight for King’s Landing to finish off Cersei and the Zombie Mountain, or if she will be heading North to help her family hold the North against their mutual foes. Pictures have shown her in the snow, which would suggest she is heading for Winterfell, but winter has come to all of Westeros and the snows with it, so it is hard to pass judgment based on pictures alone. All that fans can be sure of is that death will follow Arya wherever she goes.
Beric Dondarrion, the Lightning Lord and the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, is back to battle for the common man. His timing is appropriate considering the threat they face; the white walkers don’t care if you are high or low born. Death comes for everyone and everything in their path. The Lightning Lord will have his work cut out for him if he wants to protect the denizens of Westeros. But if he dies in battle, how many times will Thoros of Myr be able to bring him back to life and back into the fight?