10 Key Things That Happened in Season 7 of Game of Thrones
Arguably the most highly-anticipated television events of all time is set to land in April with the six-feature-length-episode eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But it has been 18 months since Season 7 hit our screens and it was jam packed with action, so you’d be forgiven for forgetting some of the finer details. Which is why we thought we’d run you through all the major events before diving into Season 8.
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 7 yet. But if you’re after a quick recap before the final season arrives on 14th April, here’s 10 Key Things that Happened in the Seventh Series of Game of Thrones!
1) Daenerys Targaryen Arrives in The Seven Kingdoms
At start of the seventh series, Daenerys and her band of merry men finally reach Westeros and set up camp in their leader’s ancestral family home of Dragonstone. Daenerys and her advisors (including Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, Ellaria Sand, and Theon & Yara Greyjoy) meet with Melisandre who advises Daenerys to meet with Jon Snow. Tyrion agrees that the Starks could be allies. Daenerys makes plans that her army will besiege King’s Landing while the Unsullied and Grey Worm will capture Casterly Rock, a Lannister stronghold.
But her plans soon come apart when Euron Greyjoy’s Iron Fleet defeats Yara Greyjoy’s army. Euron’s men abduct Ellaria and Tyne Sand, while Euron takes Yara prisoner. Theon Greyjoy jumps overboard, abandoning his sister. The Unsullied capture Casterly Rock but quickly discover it’s a trap and the city has already been abandoned by Jamie Lannister and Randyll Tarly. The Iron Fleet arrives and destroys their ships, leaving them stranded on the opposite side of Westeros.
2) Jon Snow Meets Daenerys at Dragonstone
Jon Snow receives Daenerys’ invitation and, despite reservations form Sansa Stark and Davos Seaworth, heads to Dragonstone to meet her, appointing Sansa as Winterfell’s regent in his absence. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally meet face to face with Jon pleading with Daenerys to battle the White Walkers alongside him. Tyrion tries to argue Jon’s case but she initially refuses, wanting to focus on taking the Iron Throne first.
Having received a tip from Samwell in Oldtown, Jon requests to mine dragonglass (one of the few materials known to kill White Walkers) located underneath Dragonstone, which Daenerys accepts. He shows her the mine and Daenerys seems convinced Jon’s telling the truth but says she will only pledge to fight the White Walkers if he bends the knee. Jon refuses.
3) Cersei Is Still the Perfect Bitch
Meanwhile, Cersei Lannister attempts to solidify her power on the Iron Throne in King’s Landing. Despite having few allies, she’s open about her sexual relationship with her twin brother Jaime, who still follows her lead.
Fresh from his battle at sea, Euron brings his prisoners to Cersei, offering his alliance. In return he wants to marry her. Cersei agrees to marriage but only when the great war has been won. She takes revenge on Ellaria Sand by poisoning Tyne with the same poison used to kill Cersei’s daughter Myrcella.
4) The Stark Siblings Are Reunited
Having taken revenge on House Frey for the Red Wedding, Arya Stark makes her way to Winterfell on hearing Jon has reclaimed it. Bran Stark and Meera Reed soon arrive too, and Littlefinger gifts Bran a Valyrian dagger. Littlefinger also attempts to play Sansa and Arya against each other.
All three siblings see through Littlefinger’s attempts at manipulation and he’s charged with murder and treason. Littlefinger begs for mercy as Sansa watches on while Arya slits his throat with the Valyrian dagger given to Bran.
5) Samwell Tarly Gathers the Clues to Victory
In Oldtown, Samwell Tarly is still training to become a maester. After sending news to Jon about the dragonglass at Dragonstone, he discovers Daenerys former-aid Jorah Mormont, whose greyscale has rapidly worsened. Sam surgically removes his greyscale before Jorah heads to Dragonstone to beg for Daenerys’ forgiveness.
Sam vouches for Bran Stark’s warning sent to Oldtown of the Night King’s army, but leaves with Gilly when the maesters decide not to act. With him, he takes documents from the Citadel library which detail the annulment High Septon Maynard gave to a ‘Prince Raggar,’ who married another woman in secret in Dorne… (to be cont.)
6) The Dragons Show What They’re Capable of
Having abandoned Casterly Rock, Jamie and Randyll Tarly’s armies take Highgarden, House Tyrell’s seat. Jamie allows Olenna Tyrell a quick and merciful death by poison, where Olenna confesses to murdering Joffrey.
Daenerys leads a Dothraki attack on Highgarden while riding Drogon and surrounding the Lannister army. Bronn manages to wound Drogon with a new weapon but Drogon quickly destroys it. A brave Jamie charges at Daenerys, but Drogon breathes fire at him. Jamie is saved at the last minute by Bronn.
Having won the battle, Daenerys gives the surviving soldiers the choice of bending the knee or facing death. Tyrion urges her to spare the Tarlys, who refuse to pledge allegiance. She burns the Tarlys to death and the remaining prisoners bow down. Daenerys returns victorious to Dragonstone and Drogon allows Jon Snow to touch him – something usually only afforded to Targaryens… (to be cont.)
7) The Lannister Siblings Are Reunited… Sort of
Tyrion and Davos smuggle Robert Baratheon’s sole remaining bastard, Gendry, out of King’s Landing. While there, Tyrion meets with his brother Jamie, requesting an audience with Cersei if Jon Snow can prove the White Walkers exist, with the aim of calling a truce until the Night King is defeated.
Jamie tells Cersei of his encounter with Drogon, confessing he doesn’t think they can beat Daenerys with her three dragons. Cersei reveals to Jamie that she is pregnant and wants to acknowledge him as the father.
8) Jon Battles the White Walkers
Jon receives Bran’s raven and requests Daenerys’ help beyond the Wall. But she refuses, arguing she’d be vulnerable to Cersei. Tyrion proposes capturing a wight and bringing it back as proof to Cersei that the threat is real; Jon and Jorah volunteer for the mission. The two head to Eastwatch and join forces with the Brotherhood Without Banners and Sandor Clegane.
They successfully capture a wight but end up trapped on an island surrounded by the undead. Daenerys appears with Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion to save the men but the Night King kills Viserion with an ice javelin. Jon is pulled into the water and is only saved by a reanimated Benjen Stark, who sacrifices himself so Jon can escape.
Having seen the power of the White Walkers, Daenerys accepts she has to fight the Night King alongside Jon. In return, Jon pledges allegiance to her. But beyond the Wall, the Night King reanimates Viserion, who becomes an ice dragon.
9) A Truce is Called… Sort of
Daenerys, Cersei and their respective crews meet in King’s Landing. Jon and The Hound successfully present the wight to Cersei, who eventually agrees to send her entire army north to help in the war against the Night King.
After the meeting, Cersei reveals to Jaime that she lied and has already sent Euron to Essos with the Golden Company, an elite mercenary organisation. She reveals whoever wins against the White Walkers will be killed upon their return. Angered, Jamie finally leaves his sister and heads north to help in the fight.
10) Winter Has Come
Sam and Gilly arrive in Winterfell and it’s revealed by Bran that Jon’s real parents were Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (firstborn child of Mad King Aerys) and Lyanna Stark (Ned and Benjen Stark’s sister), who married legally in secret. Bran visions Jon’s birth and learns his real name is Aegon Targaryen. Jon is therefore Daenerys’ nephew, and as he’s Rhaegar’s legitimate son, he is therefore rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
While en route to Winterfell, Jon and Daenerys give in to their feelings for one another and have sex, unaware of Bran’s revelations. Meanwhile, the Night King and his undead army arrive at Eastwatch. Riding the now ice dragon Viserion, he destroys the fortress. The White Walker enter the Seven Kingdoms. Winter has arrived…
Game of Thrones Season 8 Preview
So there we have it – all the major happenings from Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Whatever happens in the Final Season, it’s sure to be one of the genuine must-see television events of all time. It returns to HBO on 14th April and will be simultaneously shown on Sky Atlantic at 2am in the UK. Check out the trailer below and give us your predictions in the comments below!
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