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Game of Thrones 7×01 Dragonstone preview

We preview the season seven premiere. Daenerys comes home.

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It’s been a long wait since Game of Thrones season six ended back in June 2016. Like many fans we’ve been having serious withdrawal symptoms so we’re glad there’s less than a week to go until the season seven premiere.

It’s impossible to discuss season seven without major spoilers for season six so if you aren’t up to date with the show then we suggest you stop reading now.

The season six finale of Game of Thrones saw Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) put an end to a large number of her enemies including Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). She used the green Wildfire to destroy the Sept of Baelor to avoid her trial and kill everyone in it. Her actions resulted in the suicide of her son King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and she ended up sat on the Iron Throne.

Benjen (Joseph Mawle) left Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) at the Wall. Bran also learnt the truth about Jon Snow’s parents.

At Winterfell, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) banished Melisandre (Carice von Houten) after Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) found out the truth about the death of Shireen Baratheon. Sansa (Sophie Turner) rejected the advances of Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen).

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) put an end to Walder Frey (David Bradley). Sam (John-Bradley West) arrived at the Citadel with Gilly (Hannah Murray).

Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) made a deal with the Sand Snakes and the Tyrells to help Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). She finally set off to cross the Narrow Sea with her dragons and armies.

Watch the Game of Thrones Season 7 #WinterIsHere Trailer #2 below:

 

The season seven premiere, titled Dragonstone, is written by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the first two episodes of last season, returns to the director’s chair. The official synopsis reads:

Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.

Check out a selection of official images that have been released from the upcoming season in our gallery:

To see new images from the premiere check out our Game of Thrones 7×01 Dragonstone first-look photos.

Let us know your predictions and expectations for season seven in the comments below.

Game of Thrones season 7 begins on Sunday, July 16th 2017 at 9pm ET on HBO in the US and simultaneously at 2am on Monday, July 17th 2017 on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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