The Great War is here! Jon’s doom laden voice confirms all fears as Cersei acknowledges she’s surrounded and Daenerys hits Dragonstone with fighting talk.
“We’re the last Lannisters left” intones Cersei to Jaime, and in a slight at Tyrion: “The last ones who count”.
With Jon to the north, Euron to the west, Dany to the east and what’s left of the Tyrells and Martells in the south, Cersei’s giant map must be looking smaller to her every day. The Unsullied are overrunning a Lannister territory – Castlery Rock maybe – and the Dothraki hordes are racing across lands accompanied by the now jumbo jet sized Drogon.
There’s ship to ship combat with Theon looking on concerned – Yara taking on Euron, presumably, knowing there’s a partnership already forged with Dany. Closer inspection shows an alliance with Ellaria Sand, too.
There is also the frisson of myth building, with both Jaime and Brienne set to clash using the two swords forged from Ned Stark’s Ice: Jaime with Widow’s Wail and Brienne with Oathbreaker. It’ll be like the Elder and Blackthorn wands all over again. Will those swords battle one another, with their shared ancestry? Will Jaime and Brienne call a truce individually, their hearts refusing to fight along with their swords?
We see Melisandre, banished from Winterfell, awaiting Dany at Dragonstone. Interesting, since Dany’s not overly keen on the magical brigade. Littlefinger is still whispering
sweet nothings poisonous anythings into Sansa’s ear, while battle-hardened Arya continues to make her way north, hopefully meeting up with the lost Gendry and/or The Hound and/or Nymeria as she does so. Because she’s due a bit of care and attention from a loved one, isn’t she?
Our two right-hand men on either side show up: Ser Davos calling for unity, or else we’re all screwed, and The Mountain, even more threatening in his new Darth Vader inspired costume. And Dany’s former right hand man, Jorah, is back. At least, we think the yucky looking arm we see must belong to the greyscale afflicted warrior, a cure not looking likely, sadly.
Aside from the massive battles and marching armies, the most interesting aspect is Jon and Littlefinger in the Winterfell crypt – to see Lyanna Stark, surely? It doesn’t look to be a friendly chat, as Jon lunges at Littlefinger. Is this the moment he finds out about his heritage? That he is the true heir to the Iron Throne? It’s not a role he’d relish so you can understand he’d be a bit upset.
But will this be before or after he’s running for his life with Tormund and a bunch of wildlings? See what you make of it all in the trailer below.
July is still too far away!