Season 7 of Game of Thrones returns next week, with the most popular show on TV heading into its penultimate season and final 13 episodes ever. Put bluntly, that means shits going to kick off. But as there’s been such a long gap between seasons 6 and 7, we’re here to give you a quick run-down on all the goings on of Season 6 so you’re fully prepped for the Season 7 opener on the 16th July.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Recap/Season 7 Preview

Needless to say, this will contain some big old spoilers for the HBO show, so avert your wandering eyes if you’ve not caught up with Season 6 yet. And without further ado, here’s 10 key things that happened in Season 6 of Game of Thrones.

Jon Snow Returns from the Dead

If feels like such a long time ago now, but if you cast your mind back to the Season 5 opener, we were left with images of Jon Snow lying bloodied on the floor having been betrayed by members of the Night’s Watch. Thankfully it didn’t take long for everybody’s favourite bastard to be resurrected by Melisandre and the Lord of Light. Upon his return from the dead, Jon relinquished his title as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch to take back Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton.

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Jon Snow’s Parents Are Revealed

After many fan theories and speculation thanks to hints in the novels and the TV show, it was finally revealed in one of Bran Stark’s ‘flashbacks’ that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are the real parents of Jon Snow. While Jon doesn’t yet know it, this makes him an heir to the Iron Throne. But will Bran ever see Jon again to tell him? We think he just might…

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Jon Snow and Sansa Stark Join Forces

Having fled Winterfell and the tyranny of Ramsay Bolton with the help of Theon Greyjoy, Sansa Stark was reunited with her resurrected half-brother Jon. The duo then head to Winterfell to fight Ramsay Bolton in one of the most epic battles seen in the show. The Battle of the Bastards takes many casualties, including Rickon Stark who is killed by Ramsay, but ends with victory for Sansa and Jon when Littlefinger saves the day by bringing full force of the Vale.

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Ramsay Bolton Gets Killed Off

Following the Battle, Ramsay was locked up at Winterfell before Sansa lets his own ravenous dogs rip him to pieces. Gruesome, brutal and a totally fitting end to one of the show’s most sinister characters.

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Euron Becomes King of the Iron Islands

But while one supervillain passed, another potential supervillain rose. Enter Euron, a Greyjoy who killed off his brother before taking the Iron Islands for himself. Euron had planned to win the hand of Daenerys Targaryen using his manly charms. But having already joined forces with Tyrion Lannister, the Mother of Dragons made another alliance with Euron’s enemies, Theon and Yara Greyjoy, who turned up to Meereen offering their support. Will Euron join forces with the Lannisters instead? We reckon he just might.

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Sam Heads to Oldtown

With Jon Snow leaving Castle Black, Sam Tarly is ordered by Jon to head home to Highgarden with Gilley. But after receiving a less than warm welcome, Sam and Gilley made their way to the Citadel in Oldtown, where he began his training as a maester.

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Arya Returns to Westeros

Following her training with the creepy Faceless Men in Braavos and nearly getting killed off by the Waif on numerous occasions, Arya finally regained her eyesight and headed home to Westeros. Now a trained assassin, Arya took no time at all in taking revenge by murdering Walder Frey, a man responsible for the infamous Red Wedding which took the lives of her brother Robb and mother Catelyn.

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Cersei Takes the Iron Throne

In one of the most explosive finales in Game of Thrones history, Cersei became the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. This after she had blown up The High Sparrow and the rest of her enemies at the Sept of Baelor with a cache of wildfire. But she did also blow up her son’s wife Margaery, leading Tommen Baratheon to commit suicide. Unfazed by the carnage, Cersei ended Season 6 of Game of Thrones sat on the Iron Throne.

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Daenerys Targaryen Heads to Westeros to Take the Iron Throne

But how long will Cersei have it? After six years of forming her super-group of warriors, the finale of Season 6 saw Daenerys finally heading across the Narrow Sea on her way to Westeros to take the Iron Throne.

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The Night King is Coming

But don’t forget about the White Walkers. While they didn’t feature much in Season 6, the Night King and his band of less-than-merry men are on their way to make their claim for Westeros. And if the massacre at Hardhome is anything to go by, we don’t think they come in peace.

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Whatever happens in Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it’s sure to be epic and one of the must see television events this year. The show returns to HBO on 16th July and will be simultaneously shown on Sky Atlantic at 2am in the UK. Check out the trailer below!

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