HBO's series Game of Thrones returns on July 16th! The series, now quite past the point where the novels by George R.R. Martin have left off, has viewers speculating, with some theories plausible, and others seemingly far-fetched. What do we REALLY know about the upcoming season?
SPOILERS: This article will mention cover events that have happened on the show thus far.
By the end of the sixth season, on Snow has been named King in the North, Cersei Lannister is sitting on the Iron Throne in King's Landing, and Daenerys Targaryen is on her way to Westeros with three dragons, Tyrion Lannister, and the Greyjoy siblings at her side. We've seen some heavy hints about Jon Snow's parentage, and we've seen old alliances fall apart as new ones are forged and vice versa. The possibilities seem endless, yet at the same time, several mysteries are at the cusp of being solved. And let's not forget the biggest threat of all: the White Walkers, who could possibly throw everyone's schemes awry.
According to HBO's latest press release, we know that the upcoming season is going to include characters Tyrion, Jaime, and Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Petyr Baelish, Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark, Olenna Tyrell, Theon Greyjoy, Samwell Tarly, Brienne of Tarth, Davos Seaworth, Missandei, Bronn, Jorah Mormont, Varys, Tormund Giantsbane, Gilly, Melisandre, Ellaria Sand, Euron Greyjoy, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, and Beric Dondarrion. But there are also new, unnamed characters being introduced this season, who will be played by actors Jim Broadbent, Tom Hopper, Megan Parkinson and Ed Sheeran.
Three new episodes will air in July, entitled "Dragonstone," "Stormborn," and "The Queen's Justice." There will be revolts, betrayals, schemes, mistakes, conquests, and unexpected visitors. Who will win, and who will die? You'll have to tune in to HBO to find out!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She has edited two upcoming genre anthologies, MECH: Age of Steel and HATH NO FURY, and is the science and pop culture blogger at The Once and Future Podcast. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.