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The newest ‘Game of Thrones’ photos hint at the fallout from its fiery battle
What’s even more interesting is what we’re not seeing.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7.
HBO released the newest batch of photos previewing this week’s Game of Thrones episode, titled “Eastwatch,” and although they don’t reveal much, they do start to show what happens after a dragon is set on Westeros.
Tyrion Lannister, who witnessed the battle between Daenerys Targaryen, Drogon, and the Dothraki and the Lannister army last week, is walking on the battlefield. Drogon’s handiwork is apparent: there’s a small fire behind him and no remains to be found. Tyrion also witnessed his brother Jaime try to take out Dany with a spear before Bronn pulled him away in the nick of time. It’s possible that aside from observing the battlefield, Tyrion might be attempting to locate Jaime, whose fate was left up in the air at the end of last week’s episode.
With Dothraki by their side, Dany and Tyrion look as though they’re addressing someone. Although Dany does return to Dragonstone at some point in the episode, this photo is likely from her address to the surviving Lannister soldiers where she calls for them to bend the knee—or die.
Speaking of bending the knee, Jon Snow remains at Dragonstone and is there long enough to see Dany’s return. She’s valued his advice before—and now believes the threat of the White Walkers is real—so it’s likely that she’ll seek his counsel again, presumably after he gets some face time with Drogon.
Back in the war room, Varys is present as what’s left of Dany’s council contemplates their next move. Jon is most likely present for this scene, in which he reveals that Bran saw a vision in which the Night King appears to be heading for Eastwatch.
However, not everything is sitting well with Varys, who speaks to Tyrion in Dragonstone’s throne room. A few episodes ago Dany asked Varys to promise her that he’ll tell her how she’s failing the people if she reaches that point, but for now he’s confiding in someone else.
Over in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister—who already had a few victories under her belt—isn’t so victorious anymore. She’s sitting on her bed, but it’s hard to read what she’s feeling here. Is she wondering what happened to Jamie?
And in Oldtown, Samwell Tarly and Gilly are once again pouring over books, though it looks as though it could be less vital research and more along the lines of the punishment Sam received for curing Ser Jorah Mormont of greyscale.
As is usually the case with Game of Thrones, it’s just as curious what wasn’t included in the first round of promotional photos as it is to see what was. Winterfell, which had a big presence last week and is now housing three Stark children, isn’t previewed at all. Jorah hasn’t been around since he bid farewell to Sam, while the Hound, the Brotherhood Without Banners, and Tormund Giantsbane haven’t been spotted in several episodes.
“Eastwatch” airs Sunday, Aug. 13 at 9pm ET.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.