With only nine days left to go before the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere, HBO has released summaries for the first three episodes of the fantasy series' seven-episode penultimate season. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series is set to premiere on Sunday, July 16th at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on HBO (and HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand). The season begins the conclusion to the much-loved series, which is based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy book series that chronicles the epic power struggles between families and lands in a vast, violent kingdom.
So here's what's GoT fans can look forward to for the beginning of the season:
Episode S07E01 (7/16/2017): Dragonstone (W: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss / D: Jeremy Podeswa)
Jon organizes the defense of the North. Cersei tries to even the odds. Daenerys comes home.
Episode S07E02: Stormborn (W: Bryan Cogman / D: Mark Mylod)
Daenerys receives an unexpected visitor. Jon faces a revolt. Tyrion plans the conquest of Westeros.
Episode S07E03: The Queen's Justice (W: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss / D: Mark Mylod)
Daenerys holds court. Cersei returns a gift. Jaime learns from his mistakes.
HBO wants to make sure we're all up to speed, so here's how things stand going into Game of Thrones Season 7:
"Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever."
A number of characters are expected to return for (though not necessarily survive) GoT's upcoming season, including: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy), Rory McCann (Sandor "The Hound" Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion). New cast members include: Jim Broadbent, Tom Hopper, Megan Parkinson and Ed Sheeran.
Game of Thrones is executive-produced by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; and co-executive produced by Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and Martin.