Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big meeting.
The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale is almost here, and the teaser promises a truly epic convergence of characters.
For nearly its whole run, the characters of Game of Thrones have been on their own journeys, crossing over here and there, but for the most part largely separate. In the last two seasons, as we near the conclusion of the story, the characters have been meeting and reuniting, with their stories overlapping more and more. The Season 7 finale looks to be the peak of this trend, with the largest gathering of main characters we’ve seen since Season 1, as Jon and his allies meet with Cersei in King’s Landing to try and convince her to put a pause on the war for the Iron Throne so they can defeat the Night King together. Because there is sure to be A LOT going on in the scene, here’s a refresher on how all the characters know each other, and what their feelings towards each other might be…
First up: Jon Snow. This is the first time he’s ever been in the south (since his birth), let alone King’s Landing.
And he is serving such Ned Stark vibes, it’s killing me.
He’s coming face to face with Cersei and Jaime Lannister, who he has met before – waaay back at the start of Season 1.
He only shared a very brief moment of screentime with Cersei, as he was in the second row, behind his family, when the queen arrived at Winterfell with King Robert and greeted the Starks. This was because of his bastard status – Cersei would have barely noticed him. How far he has come!
He has good reason to hate her, knowing the part she has played in the deaths of his family members.
Jaime, meanwhile, had one memorable scene with Jon, in which he mocked him for joining the Night’s Watch.
He remarks on the fact Jon has never swung a sword at an actual person, and then says, rather sarcastically, “Let me thank you ahead of time for guarding us all from the perils beyond the Wall. Wildlings and White Walkers and whatnot.”
Now, Jon, who has probably swung his sword at more people (living and undead) than anyone in this whole series, will meet Jaime again with proof of the perils beyond the Wall.
As a side note – with Pod and Brienne in King’s Landing, this will be Jon’s first time seeing anyone from Winterfell since he departed in Episode 2 of this season. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any discussion over the drastic changes that have taken place both at home and around Jon in the short period of time since then.
Then there’s Tyrion, who will be returning to King’s Landing ~officially~ (i.e. not smuggled) for the first time since he escaped in Season 4, after murdering his father and Shae.
Then, he was on the run from the executioner. Now, he’s Hand of the Queen to his family’s enemy.
He’ll be seeing his sister for the first time since she gloated over his death sentence after Oberyn lost his trial by combat to the Mountain.
Since then, Cersei has learned that Tyrion didn’t kill Joffrey – but, of course, he DID kill their father. She also blames him for Myrcella being sent to Dorne, and therefore her death. So, you know, there’s no love lost between them. But the scenes the two shared in early seasons were always absolutely crackling with tension and brilliant dialogue, so here’s hoping we get some good interactions when they meet again.
Tyrion will also be reuniting with his faithful former squire Pod for the first time since leaving Westeros.
Remember, Pod saved Tyrion’s life at the Battle of Blackwater Bay. When Tyrion was arrested for Joffrey’s murder, he ordered Pod out of King’s Landing in order to protect him from whoever had framed him, and the two shared an emotional goodbye. Tyrion asked for Jaime’s help in finding a safe place for Pod, which is how Pod ended up with Brienne.
It’ll be satisfying to see Pod and Tyrion together again – even more so if they also meet up with Bronn, which it looks like they will judging by the backs of those heads in the trailer.
Pod saw Bronn at Riverrun last season, of course, while Tyrion briefly appeared in a scene with Bronn when he reunited with Jaime in Episode 5. But we were robbed of a proper reunion then, so an interaction with the three of them would make up for it.
This is the first time Pod and Brienne have been in King’s Landing since Jaime sent them off in search of the Stark girls in Season 4.
nd now, both girls are safely back at Winterfell and under Brienne’s protection.
The last time Brienne and Jaime actually saw each other, it was at Riverrun, and had the flavour of a final farewell.
So the prospect of them meeting up once again is exciting. Sansa explicitly mentioned Jaime to Brienne in Episode 6 and referred to the honourable way he had treated her, so it seems likely we’ll get a good scene between the two.
Jaime’s relationship with Brienne is implicitly tied to his honour, and his journey towards getting it back. While he is still firmly by Cersei’s side at this stage, Brienne has now achieved the quest he sent her on and found BOTH Stark girls alive, so perhaps seeing her again after all that will give him a jolt he needs back in the right direction.
Then again, Cersei is pregnant now so… sigh.
But back to Brienne – there’s another potential reunion for her that will be very interesting to see. Although he’s not in the episode trailer, we know the Hound was headed to King’s Landing with the crew and the captured wight at the end of the last episode, and there was a shot in the season trailer that looked a lot like him in this location.
Brienne and the Hound last saw each other when they were fighting to the death over the safety of Arya.
Brienne beat the Hound, but Arya ran away from both of them. With Arya now safe at Winterfell, and Brienne and the Hound both fighting on the same side, it’d be great to see these two warriors interact on friendlier terms (as friendly as the Hound gets, anyway). Especially since both of their journeys have been largely defined by their relationships with the Stark sisters.
As for the Hound, this will be his first time in King’s Landing since he fled the Battle of the Blackwater way back in Season 2.
He used to fight for the Lannisters, and now he’ll be appearing against them.
Meanwhile, if the Mountain is by Cersei’s side, as he always is these days, it will be the first time the Clegane brothers have come face-to-face since Season 1.
CLEGANEBOWL GET HYPE!!!!
If you’re wondering what the hell Cleganebowl is – it’s the fandom name for the anticipated fight to the death between the Hound and the Mountain.
We saw the brothers briefly face-off in Season 1, and people have been thirsting for a proper duel for years. Especially given the history between the brothers – starting with the fact that the Mountain brutally shoved his little brother into the fire when they were children. It would be so, so sweet to see the Hound finally get his revenge. Hopefully in the next episode.
Over to a more potentially touching reunion – both Missandei and Grey Worm will be in the capital, so there’s a good chance we’ll get a scene with the two of them.
Grey Worm and the Unsullied apparently made the trek from Casterly Rock to King’s Landing unscathed. Did they abandon the Lannister seat altogether, or leave a small crew there? Honestly what was the point of that whole plot?
Anyway, at least Grey Worm is alive, and Missandei will see him again.
Joining the Unsullied are the Dothraki, in a pretty epic show of force around King’s Landing.
It recalls Robert Baratheon’s panic over the Dothraki back in Season 1. His warning to Cersei over the power of a united army perfectly describes Dany’s situation right now.
It should definitely be cause for concern for Cersei.
Of less prominence in the trailer, but still important, are Varys and Theon.
Like so many others, Varys hasn’t returned to King’s Landing since he escaped, after helping Tyrion flee in Season 4. Cersei will probably have some cutting words for him.
Theon, meanwhile, has never been to King’s Landing. His presence at this meeting, and the fact that Euron is allied with Cersei, suggests we’ll get some kind of Greyjoy reunion in the episode, too.
We still have no idea what happened to Yara after Euron captured her, so it should play out in the finale. But judging from this shot of Theon collapsing at Dragonstone later in the trailer, it’s probably not going to be good news.
Conspicuously absent from all of this is Daenerys herself – but with literally all of her allies there, there’s no way she won’t show up. It seems likely she’ll make a grand entrance.
And Jaime will get to relive that time three episodes ago when he nearly got torched by a dragon.
In short – IT’S GOING TO BE EPIC and I can’t wait.
But what the hell are we going to do when the season is over?!!