With just a week to go before the premiere of season 7 of Game of Thrones, HBO kept the interest of fans burning bright by releasing the titles and descriptions of the first three episodes. While the briefs are just that – brief and barely give anything away, we are willing to make do and juice out any possible hint as to what can be expected.
The trailers and a few hints dropped by the show's stars have informed us that winter has finally taken over the seven kingdoms and all the major parties, the Starks, Targaryen and Lannisters, are preparing for an epic showdown. Not to mention the biggest threat to their kingdoms, the White Walkers who are closing in as the temperature drops.
Here are the titles and descriptions of episodes 1 to 3:
Episode #61: Dragonstone (Airs 16 July)
Brief: Jon (Kit Harington) organises the defence of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
The title itself explains that a major portion of the episode is going to be about our favourite Mother of Dragons. Dragonstone is the name of Daenerys' ancestral home. After making her way across the seas from the dry lands of Meereen, she is expected to make landfall here and plan her future moves to take over the Iron Throne.
Talking of which, Cersei has taken control of Kings Landing but will she be able to hold on to the little power that still remains in her crown? We know she is ambitious but it is difficult to know what they mean by "even the odds".
Last we saw Jon Snow he was planning to move south with his step-sister Sansa. This episode may focus on the details of getting his army in order.
Episode #62: Stormborn (Airs 23 July)
Brief: Daenerys receives an unexpected visitor. Jon faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
By now we expect Daenerys to take up her rightful place in Dragonstone. The "unexpected visitor" could mean a person from her past or a new enemy or ally. Luckily she has with her, her trusted advisors, including Tyrion Lannister. The Imp will do what he does best and strategise over the attack on Westeros and his sister's army.
Jon on the other hand will be facing yet another uprising from his men. The last time the men of the Nights Watch had a problem with their Lord Commander, they killed him. Fingers crossed he manages to handle the "revolt" better this time around.
Episode #63: The Queen's Justice (Airs 30 July)
Brief: Daenerys holds court. Cersei returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
With a title like Queen's Justice, only two people come to mind, Daenerys and Cersei. While our bet is on the latter, the Mother of Dragons will start holding court so it could mean something eventful happens at Dragonstone. This episode will also focus on a situation with Jaime and could mean the Lannister twin is finally regretting his mistake of falling in love with his sister.
Could this mean a rift between the two? We doubt the Kingslayer would ever swap loyalties but if his love for Cersei is on the decline, this could cause some additional tension at Kings Landing.