With only two (shortened) seasons to go, time is a commodity for Game of Thrones. HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series has already clocked 60 hours' worth of betrayal, political bickering, dragon-flambéed action, and magical interference. Still, there's much to be wrapped up, and exactly how creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will pull it off remains the show's greatest mystery.
What should we expect from the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 7?
Set photos showing Jon Snow shaking hands with Tyrion Lannister(who has history with the bastard) all but confirm a team-up between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, though without source material to draw from, there's no telling how long the alliance will go.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, spilled that she would "go on to [film] Season 8" in a recent red-carpet interview, leading many to believe she'll survive whatever Season 7 throws at her. Rumors claim that Sansa will sentence Littlefinger to death, since he's done more than any other character -- apart from Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton -- but that has yet to be confirmed.
The look Jaime gave his sister doesn't bode well for the future of their relationship, nor does the rumored possibility that she might join forces with pissy Iron Islander Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk).
Set photos in temperate, non-snowy spain have shown Jaime leading a battalion of King's Landing soldiers to battle while carrying Widow's Wail -- one of two Valyrian steel swords forged from Ned Stark's greatsword, Ice. Brienne of Tarth carries the other sword, and they were meant to be reunited. One could imagine Jaime switching sides this season.
With Yara and Theon sailing towards Daenerys, Euron and Cersei will join forces in an alliance. To do what? Here's a potential spoiler:
Fansite Watchers on the Wall reported in September that Euron will face off against his niece and nephew in a giant sea battle that will end in one of them being captured (and potentially kill one of the Sand Snakes, per its sources). Cersei's own troops could be involved.
At some point Sam and Gilly need to leave Oldtown and get back to the action. Season 7 set photos have shown them filming in the snow, so we can assume they'll be heading back north to rejoin Jon Snow's forces soon enough -- presumably armed with maester training and White Walker knowledge. But before that, Bradley will share some screen time with Thrones newcomer Jim Broadbent, who recently revealed he plays a new maester in Season 7.
There aren't many spoilers to infer where Brienne, Arya, or the Hound go from here beyond how Brienne might relate back to Jaime's arc. Aforementioned set photos suggest a potential reunion.
The Hound will continue his alliance with the Brotherhood, per set photos with Richard Dormer's Lord Beric Dondarrion. Maybe he'll run into the band Bastille, spotted on set as wildlings?
Many assume Arya is on the way to meet Jon and Sansa, but theories have also point there aren't many spoilers to infer where Brienne, Arya, or the Hound go from here beyond how Brienne might relate back to Jaime's arc. Aforementioned set photos suggest a potential reunion.
Many assume Arya is on the way to meet Jon and Sansa. She might also wear Walder Frey's face at some point, based on a casting notice that David Bradley, who played the deceased lord, will return this season. The only thing we know for certain: Williams will share screen time with one of her favorite musicians. Ed Sheeran is confirmed for a Season 7 cameo. He might also wear Walder Frey's face at some point.
The Narrow Sea Passage
Based on her course, many assume Daenerys will, at long last, engage Cersei's army at King's Landing. Concept art that trickled from set strengthens the argument -- if you're a spoilerphobe, skip ahead.
The painting depicts a ruin adjacent to King's Landing known as the Dragonpit, where we expect Daenerys will lead Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and her allies to a wight.Set photos confirm that nearly every Thrones star was present for the shoot, including Harington as Jon Snow and Headey's Cersei. One spy shot even sees Snow shaking hands with Tyrion, a sight we haven't seen since Season 1.
Is this the super army that can take on the Wall? The alliance won't be that easy to pull off -- onlookers also caught Emilia Clarke on set for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's big army battle, leading many to believe the season's big action sequence will pit Daenerys against Jaime.
Then again, if the prospects looked great, this wouldn't be Game of Thrones.