With Game of Thrones only a little under 4 weeks away from returning, anticipation is starting to skyrocket. This is mainly because if season 7 had the same schedule as the last 6 seasons, we would’ve seen the whole thing by now. Regardless, here’s a look at the big players of the upcoming season 7 and what we can expect to see of them.
***MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD for the first 6 seasons of Game of Thrones and the new trailer. Read at your discretion***
The first and probably biggest faction we should look at is Queen Cersei and her Lannister army. After having Queen Margaery and the High Sparrow killed with Wild Fire, her son King Tommen committed suicide. Thus, Cersei has lost what little humanity she had left and has become the Queen of Westeros.
You’d think that would mean she has a great deal of power, but it’s significantly less than even Tommen, who was seen as a joke by citizens of Westeros. In the Game of Thrones season 7 trailer, Cersei reveals that she has enemies on all sides which confirms that, besides her own family, she’s on her own. Even then, Jaime is probably going to leave her for another faction due to tension between the two.
Cersei describes enemies in all directions, and the faction to the East she speaks of is Daenerys and her Targaryen army. Not only has she finally crossed the Narrow Sea after 6 seasons of Game of Thrones, she has many more supporters than Cersei. She has an army of Dothraki warriors, her Unsullied legion, and the Second Son mercenaries. The Second Son is holding down the fort back in Meereen thus serving as backup and keeping the wealthy citizens of Dragon’s Bay on her side.
Dany also has many other supporters as well. Despite having Tyrion and Varys defect from the Lannisters and half of the Iron Fleet joining her, she has the Martells and the Tyrells as well. Shown off as Cersei’s enemies to the South, the Martells of Dorne are seeking revenge against the Crown for the death of Oberyn in season 4. With Prince Doran murdered, the Sand Snakes who were extremely loyal to Oberyn are now in charge and they have made a deal with Varys on behalf of Dany. The Tyrells joined in on this deal after Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor with Margaery, Loras, and Mace Tyrell inside.
To the West, Cersei’s biggest enemy is the Greyjoys. They lost a good chunk of their fleet when Yara and Theon left to join Dany and escape their uncle Euron’s wrath. Now holding one of the various thrones of Westeros, Euron is planning to find Dany and seduce her into joining his army. She most likely won’t due to her hatred of men like Euron, which will most likely turn into a battle or a shuffling of alliances. I can see the Greyjoys teaming up with the Lannisters, considering they’re all the villains this season, or even potentially with Jon Snow. I don’t imagine the Starks and the Targaryens will get along well considering their history and the Greyjoys may take advantage of that.
Speaking of the Starks, Cersei’s enemy to the North is led by Jon Snow. Dubbed the new King of the North, Jon Snow has taken back his ancestral home from the Boltons and wiped their family off the map. He has an army of Wildlings from beyond the Wall and the help of Littlefinger and House Arryn of the Vale as of right now. I say this because Littlefinger looks to be conniving as usual behind the scenes against Jon Snow and could easily betray him. The North is a bit unstable in this way when it comes to leadership and the fact that they’re busy with other threats. Jon Snow’s White Walker and Night’s Watch enemies make him hard to predict.
Easily the hardest faction to predict here are the Walkers. Their story has always been shrouded in mystery but at the very least has always taken place beyond the Wall. With Jon, Davos, and Tormund most likely spending their time building alliances to fight the Walkers, they’ll most likely be left alone this season. I can see the season ending with them destroying the Wall with the Horn of Winter or Sam finding something at the Citadel to fight them. However, Cersei is the main villain this season. Thus, the walkers will probably have their usual big scene and then be left for Game of Thrones season 8 to go all out.