HBO has just released the first three episode titles and synopsis for Game of Thrones Season 7. We're going to run them down and speculate, so hold on to your dragons!
Here are the titles and those oh-so-hilariously nondescript synopses that HBO is famous for.
Episode #61: “Dragonstone”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home. (Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.)
Dragonstone, eh? Well, we already knew Dany was coming home and that her landing destination is the former Targaryen homestead of Dragonstone. It looks like that will be the overarching story of the hour.
As for Jon organizing the defenses of the North, that gives a good idea of what Kit Harington was talking about when he said Jon and Sansa would be at odds from the first episode. Wonder what his ideas of defense are, as opposed to hers?
As for Cersei evening the odds.... why blow up one building when you can blow up two? Just kidding. I'm sure she's just not taking the arrival home of Dany very well.
Episode #62: “Stormborn”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros. (Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.)
Two episodes in a row with Dany references in the titles. Interesting. Since this is the episode we know Jon Snow leaves Winterfell (see photo above), does that make him Dany's unexpected visitor? (That would certainly explain a revolt.) Or perhaps someone from Team Targ who she hasn't met yet? The Sand Snakes and Lady Olenna would be good candidates.
As for Tyrion planning Dany's conquest of Westeros... Did we really expect anyone else to mastermind it? Tywin would have been proud, if he wasn't rolling over in his grave.
Episode #63: “The Queen's Justice”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes. (Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.)
"The Queen's Justice" could be a third Dany reference in a row, but I'm not so sure. Let's take a moment to remember "The King's Justice" is the phrase that refers to The Royal Executioner of the Iron Throne. With Cersei now ruling from that seat, that would make the Royal Executioner "The Queen's Justice".
Who is that now anyway? It may still be Ilyn Payne for all we know. Somehow I feel like Jaime would be saddled with that job if Cersei had her druthers, don't you?
We'll find out by the end of July. The first episode "Dragonstone" airs Sunday July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.