Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones’ seventh season.
The Game of Thrones season 7 finale is gearing up to be the biggest yet as most of the show’s remaining characters will all converge in King’s Landing so that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen can prove to Cersei Lannister that the Army of the Dead exists. And to highlight that historic meeting, HBO has released its latest batch of photos to showcase just how unpleasant it will be for everyone.
Despite the many implications of the season 7 finale episode title, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” one member of that possible equation—Daenerys—is nowhere to be seen in these promotional photos. Perhaps she’ll arrive on Drogon or Game of Thrones wants us to wait until Sunday to see her and Cersei face off.
But her presence is definitely felt from what we’re being shown. Nobody trusts each other, so it’s only natural that both Cersei and Daenerys will be prepared to take action if one queen decides to cross the other.
Daenerys has sent Grey Worm and the rest of her Unsullied soldiers—and the Dothraki horse riders—to surround the city while Jaime Lannister and Bronn place men at the top of the city’s gates to fire everything they have if things go south. Although we don’t see their full plan of attack, we can only imagine there is one in case those dragons show up.
Cersei—with Jaime by her side—is seated underneath a cover set up in the dragonpit. Whatever it is they’re seeing or hearing, neither of them looked pleased about it.
Aside from his secret meeting with Jaime, Tyrion Lannister hasn’t set foot in King’s Landing in several years after Cersei called for his death for killing her son Joffrey Baratheon. (All three Lannisters now know Tyrion didn’t do it.)
And although Jon has never set foot in King’s Landing until now, it’s bound to be strange for him to be there at all. As Tyrion pointed out to Daenerys earlier in the season, the Lannisters are responsible for killing his father and brother so he’s got every reason to want her dead. But here he stands because he must. (Presumably after he’s recovered from his latest battle against the Night King.)
“There is only one war that matters,” Jon said in the preview. “And it is here.”
Cersei is also shown in her map room wearing a different ensemble than what she wears in the dragonpit—one that looks more suitable for winter. She’s clutching her stomach. Are her and Jaime having another conversation about their child?
Theon Greyjoy is also back for the first time since returning to Dragonstone, and we know he also makes his way to King’s Landing, but which place is he in? He also doesn’t look thrilled at whatever he’s looking it, that’s for sure.
Not everyone can attend the great summit in King’s Landing. Sansa and Bran Stark are both up at Winterfell staring off into the distance. The shot of Sansa outside is similar to the one seen in the preview while Bran is looking into a fire. Bran doesn’t appear to be in a vision, but chances are he may have recently seen or heard something. And at this point, how much more does he know about the very real threat coming south?
“The Dragon and the Wolf” airs Sunday, Aug. 27 at 9pm ET.