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“There’s only one war that matters … and it’s here.”
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) reinforces the old adage of “dark wings, dark words” in the first official look at the Game of Thrones season-seven finale — and they’re accurate words, too, based on what we witnessed in the penultimate episode of the season, “Beyond the Wall.”
In a season that’s been filled with long-awaited reunions and unlikely new pairings, the coming finale stands ready to thread all of the disparate stories through the eye of one needle — and no, not the Needle belonging to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), which surely will play a role as well. The trailer sees a vast array of characters converging on the same location: King’s Landing, the city Aegon the Conqueror founded many centuries ago, and the place where the highest powers of Westeros will converge to debate the matter of mankind’s fate.
Even in the aftermath of losing one of the three dragons, Jon and his allies can take some measure of comfort in knowing their mission wasn’t for nothing. They’re returning south with a zombie in tow, captured during their expedition into the frozen unknown. The purpose of the meeting: Jon hopes to convince Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to reach a truce with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), setting aside their bloodlust over the Iron Throne in favor of fighting the Night King.
Given what she lost beyond the Wall, Daenerys is ready to sign on for Jon’s fight. But what about Cersei? Will the Lion Queen of Westeros cast aside her greatest ambition in favor of battling against a world-ending calamity? Even if she turns down Jon’s pitch, she will at least hear him out, as all three of the royal rivals are positioned for their first-ever get-together in the season finale.
It’s not just the King in the North and the feuding queens at this meeting, either. It looks like everyone, or at least a whole lot of someones, including Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), meaning we’re about to see our first meeting between him and his sweet sister since season four. Also in tow: Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who hopefully has designs on rescuing his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan) from his wicked uncle Euron (Pilou Asbaek).
Also glimpsed in the trailer for the finale: the first sign of Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) since he was stranded at Casterly Rock earlier this season. The Unsullied commander looks no worse for wear, as he stands at the front of the Targaryen army, staring across the way at Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his forces. Looks like both queens are keeping close tabs on each other in light of their historic first meeting.
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