'Game Of Thrones' Catch-Up: Everything You Need To Remember Ahead Of Season Seven

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Game of Thrones season seven is just days away, and we could not be more ready. 

With over a year since we last visited the world of Westeros, our patience is wearing thin.

We know that winter is definitely coming, and war with it…

Before we dive in to season seven, here’s a recap of what went down in season six.

Let’s start with Daenerys.

Where did we leave her? Last time we saw the Khaleesi, she was (finally) heading to Westeros with quite an impressive army behind her – alongside Tyrion and Varys, she’s managed to garner the support of the Ironborn (Theon and Yara Greyjoy), Dorne (Ellaria Sand) and Highgarden (Olenna Tyrell).

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Hang on – why have all these people switched sides, and joined Daenerys? Let’s take them one at a time. If you remember, Theon managed to escape from Ramsay Bolton at the end of season five, and in season six he made his way back to the Iron Islands. There he was reunited with his sister Yara, who (after their uncle Euron Grejoy murdered their father) was staking her claim to the Iron Islands’ throne.

Unfortunately the islanders voted Euron for King instead, so Yara and Theon fled to Meereen, where they sought an alliance with Daenerys. Offering her 100 ships, they asked that she helped them oust Euron, and recognise the independence of the Iron Islands once she had the Iron Throne. She agreed.

Okay, but what about Ellaria Sand? Still salty about the death of Oberyn Martell, she just really hates the Lannisters…

And Olenna Tyrell? Pretty much the same. Cersei Lannister murdered Olenna’s son and grandkids (Mace, Loras and Margery Tyrell) by blowing up the Grand Sept at the end of season six, and Olenna wants to see her dead.

Okay. And Cersei is on the Iron Throne, right? Yes. After spending a couple of seasons subjugated by the High Sparrow, Cersei came roaring back to power at the end of season six, blowing up the High Sept where she was supposed to be standing trial for an adulterous (and incestuous) relationship with her cousin Lancel Lannister.

This wiped out not only the High Sparrow and the majority of his adherents (the Faith Militant), but also Cersei’s daughter-in-law Queen Margaery Tyrell.

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Cersei hadn’t, however, anticipated how much this would devastate her son, King Tommen Baratheon. After seeing the explosion, he committed suicide by jumping out of a window.

Cersei took the throne.

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What about the Starks? The Starks are actually doing pretty well (for once). After being resurrected by Melisandre at the start of the season, Jon Snow managed to retake Winterfell by defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards (thanks to his sister Sansa, who recruited the Knights of the Vale and saved the day).

Impressed, the other Northern Lords declared Jon “King in the North”.

He’s currently at Winterfell with Sansa, Littlefinger, and Ser Davos, who just found out what happened to Shireen… He wanted to execute Melisandre, but she got some mercy from Jon. He banished her from the North.

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Okay and what about the other Starks? Arya? Bran? After spending the first half of season six training with the Faceless Men, “a girl” decided that she didn’t really want to be an assassin after all, and so killed the Waif (which was very satisfying). She then informed Jaqen that she was in fact Arya Stark, and made her way back to Westeros.

The last time we saw her, she was using her new face-swapping abilities to crack on with her kill list. Disguised as a servant, she baked a couple of Walder Frey’s kids into a pie, fed it to him, and then slit his throat. Red Wedding successfully avenged.

Bran, on the other hand, is still north of the Wall, still having visions of the past. Most significantly, he recently witnessed the birth of Jon Snow, who we now definitively know to be the son of Lyanna Stark and Rheagar Targaryen – not actually the bastard of Ned Stark.

Right. Then there’s a few other characters that haven’t been mentioned. Where’s Jaime Lannister in all this? Jaime actually had a fairly uneventful season six. He and Bronn went to Riverrun to intervene in a conflict between House Frey and House Tully (who are related to the Starks), and then he returned to King’s Landing at the end of the season.

His season seven might be more interesting. He did not seem thrilled that his sister/lover Cersei had murdered so many people, and we’re guessing that he’s concerned about how evil she’s getting…

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Brienne of Tarth? She’s in Sansa Stark’s service, and went to Riverrun in an attempt to recruit the Tullys for the Battle of the Bastards. She failed (given that they were in the middle of the aforementioned conflict with House Frey), but she and Pod managed to escape without getting caught up in the fight.

Sam and Gilly? They left the Wall and went to the Citadel (via Sam’s not very friendly family), where Sam is supposed to both explain to the Archmaester what’s going on at Castle Black, and train to become a maester himself.

Jorah Mormont? Jorah became infected with greyscale in season five, and Daenerys (who yes, he is still madly in love with) ordered him to go find a cure. So he’s presumably busy with that.

The Hound? Wasn’t it revealed that he was still alive? Yes! Much to the delight of those of us holding out hope for the Cleganebowl, it was revealed that Sandor Clegane survived his season four fight with Brienne of Tarth, and is still alive. We briefly saw him in season six, looking like he was going to join the Brotherhood Without Banners, and go up North to fight white walkers.

You can find a full list of everyone who died in season six of Game of Thrones here.

Now check out the trailer, and try to contain your excitement…

Game of Thrones will return to Sky Atlantic (or Now TV) on Monday at 2am. It will then play again at 9pm. 

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