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Everything you need to know before 'Game of Thrones' season 7 kicks off Sunday

Michiel Huisman and Emilia Clarke

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Michiel Huisman and Emilia Clarke

14

July

Warning: "Game of Thrones" spoilers are coming.

It's been more than a year since the last season of "Game of Thrones" invaded our lives.

Now, we're just days away from the incredibly long-awaited seventh season. Finally.

And in the mad world of GOT, how are we to remember everything that's going on? Who died? Who lived? Who are "friends"? Enemies? Where is everyone? You get the idea.

Previous Coverage:'Game of Thrones,' Season 6 finale: Long may she reign

The premiere airs on HBO Sunday night at 9 p.m. - and if you need a quick refresher on where several storylines left off before then, we've got you covered.

And who really has the 10-ish hours to embark in a binge, season six re-watch? And how great is it to hear that theme song after all this time? So great.

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It's safe to say a lot happened in the last season.

It kicked off with a dead Jon Snow, Arya Stark being super blind, Cersei foaming at the mouth in a revenge-haze, and Daenerys imprisoned by the Dothraki.

Now, Jon is alive, Arya can see, Cersei killed everyone and Deanerys is in command with a powerhouse of friends behind her (including the Dothraki).

Oh, and winter has finally arrived.

Let's get to it.

 

Daenerys Targaryen, aka The Mother of Dragons, aka first of her name, aka The Unburnt, aka...

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Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke.

After defeating every slave owner ever and taking control of the Dothraki, Daenerys Targaryen is killing it.

She began the season as a Dothraki prisoner but quickly turned that around by walking through fire...again.

She goes back to Mereen where Tyrion and Varys are trying to control things. She makes Tyrion Hand of the Queen because he's amazing. She is joined by Yara and Theon Greyjoy after their ruthless uncle Euron killed their father and stole the Salt Throne. Now, they are fighting alongside Danny to help her reclaim the Iron Throne, just as long as Yara can keep the Iron Islands when it's all over.

Deanarys has more new friends. You can see the sails of Ellaria and her daughters of Dorne (the ones who fight really well and killed all the dude Dorne leaders); as well as the sails of Highgarden (House Tyrell) among Deanarys' fleet as she sets off toward Westeros. Obviously Olenna Tyrell wants a healthy dose of vengeance after Cersei basically murdered her entire family.

Oh, and let's not forget that Danny has an army of Unsullied and three enormous dragons, too. *Sweats*

 

Cersei Lannister

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Lena Headey

After being imprisoned and humiliated by the High Sparrow, Cersei is pissed.

She decides to use wildfire to blow up the Sept of Baelor with a whole bunch of people inside. The casualities include: queen-at-the-time Margaery Tyrell, her brother Loras and their father, the High Sparrow and his followers..not to mention a crowd of King's Landing citizens.

She keeps her son King Tommen from attending but when he sees that Margaery has been murdered, he jumps out of a window, killing himself.

This leaves Cersei completely childless and severely more dangerous as her one human quality was her love for her children. Now that's gone.

When Jaime returns from Riverrun to find Cersei manically sitting on the throne and he doesn't look too happy about it. Interestingly, Jaime had killed the Mad King back in the day to prevent him from using that same wildfire.

Mad Queen Cersei. It has a nice ring to it.

 

Jon Snow and Sansa Stark

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Sophie Turner and Kit Harington

After Jon Snow is brought back to life by the Red Woman Melisandre (we all knew he wasn't really dead) he and Sansa are reunited after she escaped the literally-most-evil person ever, Ramsay Bolton. 

Jon and Sansa recapture Winterfell after defeating the Boltons once and for all with the last-minute help from Petyr Baelish and the Knights of the Vale. Oh, and we all watch - with intense happiness - Ramsay get what he deserves.

While Jon tells Sansa they need to trust each other since they're family and all, Sansa and Baelish exchange worried glances when Jon is declared King of the North.

 

Bran and Arya Stark

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Ellie Kendrick, Isaac Hempstead Wright

Arya ditches her training with the Faceless Men of Braavos, finds her sword Needle that Jon gave her and gets back to work on her kill list. And now Walter Frey is no more. 

Now that the Three-Eyed Raven is dead, Bran has taken over the role. He and Meera are super close to Castle Black as they continue to travel south to warn people about the Night King and the White Walkers.

But even more importantly, Bran has a vision that has confirmed the famous R+L=J theory:  Jon Snow is not Ned's son but is, in fact, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen's son. 

Jon: Half Targaryen, half Stark. Oh my.

 

Everyone else?

Let's do this quickly.

-Davos gives Melisandre the business about burning Shereen.

-The Hound has teamed up with Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr, the guys with the Brotherhood without Banners who know how to bring people back to life.

-Sam, Gilly and baby Sam arrive in Oldtown, where The Citadel is located so Sam can begin his maester-training.

-Jorah has greyscale and Daenerys ordered him to go find a cure and return to her.

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I know, that was a large pill to swallow...but hopefully it helped prepare you for the collision of characters that seriously has to happen in season seven.

It has to.

 

[Last modified: Friday, July 14, 2017 1:12pm]

    

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