‘Game of Thrones’ cheat sheet: Catch up before Season 7’s debut Sunday

Winter is here and the battle for the Iron Throne heats up as Season 7 begins Sunday. Get caught up with our preview.

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Will Danearys Stormborn return to the Iron Throne in Season 7? Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, July 16, 2017 – It’s been a long wait filled with more than the usual speculation. “Game of Thrones” fans are shivering with anticipation as winter arrives with the beginning of Season 7.

Storylines are heating up as the fight for the Iron Throne looms with the White Walkers poised to strike. For all but the most obsessed GoT fanatics, we need to get up to speed again on all the details.

Let’s start with a Season 1 through 6 recap showing the highlights and fates of the main characters, dead or alive, in a little over five minutes. Who doesn’t have five minutes?


This is our first but not our only story thread kicking off the abbreviated Season 7.

Watch the preview:


 

We’re most fascinated by the lines recited by Sansa Stark:

“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

Sansa is quoting her late father, Ned Stark. A lone wolf cannot survive by itself; it will die of hunger. A pack of wolves working together survives even the most brutal winter. Ned Stark is advising his children from the grave. A lone Stark will die, just like Ned, Robb, and Rickon when they were separated from their “pack” going their own way. But if the Stark children join forces, then Jon, Sansa, Arya, and Bran WILL survive winter. Even though we now know Jon Snow is really a Targaryen, and not a Stark.

On a greater level, it could also refer to the need for many sworn enemies in Westeros to put their differences aside as the White Walkers approach.

Bran Stark is now the seer known as the “Three-Eyed-Raven.” Photo: HBO

Bran Stark is now the Three-Eyed-Raven, having been saved by his uncle Benjen Stark who made a timely appearance. He is heading for Westeros, along with long-lost sister Arya Stark. We enjoyed seeing Arya using her new skills to take out the Waif from the House of Black and White, and then Walder Frey, crossing one more person off her death list. Who’s left? Illyn Payne, Beric Dondarrion, Melisandre, and Cersei Lannister.

Jon and Sansa successfully defeated the Boltons and fed Ramsey to his dogs. We all hope to see the long-awaited meeting between Danaerys and Jon Snow, who we now know is her nephew.

Tyrion, Varys, Grey Work, and Danaerys arrive in Dragonstone on their way to Kings Landing. Photo: HBO

Returning at Danaerys’ side is Tyrion Lannister. Will his loyalty remain with the Mother of Dragons as they head for Kings Landing with his sister on the Iron Throne?  

Cersei Lannister has a firm grip on the Iron Throne – for now. Photo: HBO

But if you think “Games of Thrones” will have a happy ending by the end of Season 8 next year, you are sadly deluded. You can’t enjoy the series until you accept the fact some of your favorite characters will be sacrificed to advance the storyline. At the end of Season 6, Cersei Lannister blew up the Sept taking the High Sparrow and Margaery Tyrell with it among many others, causing her last remaining child King Tommen to commit suicide.

Fortunately, Lady Olenna, Margaery’s grandmother, is safely in Dorne, plotting away with Varys as the envoy of the Mother of Dragons, and Ellaria representing the Martells who want their piece of revenge against the Lannisters.

Our favorite new character introduced in Season 6, Lady Lyanna Mormont, returns in Season 7.

We haven’t even mentioned Lady Lyanna Mormont, Jorah, Brienne and Podrick, Melisandre, Gendry, Beric Dondarrion, Euron Greyjoy, Ser Davos, Littlefinger, or The Hound, Sandor Cleghane. And we’re still wondering whatever happened to Lady Stoneheart, an infamous character from the novels who’s never made her appearance. We’re still holding out hope.

“Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 1 – “Dragonstone” airs Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Join CommDigiNew’s Live Chat starting at 9:00pm.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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