Game of Thrones: The story so far

Game of Thrones: The story so far
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Dubai - Did winter take a while to arrive? Here's a recap of the latest in the world of Ice and Fire

By Keith Pereña

Published: Sun 16 Jul 2017, 4:16 PM

Last updated: Sun 16 Jul 2017, 6:54 PM

For many TV buffs, Monday marks the day when the seventh season of Game of Thrones will begin. Every single season of the epic George R.R. Martin fantasy has been met with excitement. One of the reasons behind the excitement is because the show takes a long break after every season. That's why for some viewers, forgetting what has happened over the last season is quite normal. If, however, you want to save time re-watching the entire past episodes, here's a recap of what has been happening in the world of Westeros and Essos.

The North
House Stark is reformed under the leadership of Jon Snow (who has come back to life). This is after their stunning victory against the turncoat House Bolton which resulted in the death of Ramsay Bolton. The conflict, which became known as the Battle of the Bastards returned Winterfell to its rightful owners. Jon is joined by her half-sister Sansa Stark in Winterfell. Sansa is accompanied by Petyr Baelish. It is unknown what Baelish's motives are in the North.
The Red Lady Melisandre is banished from Winterfell because of evidence incriminating her with the death of Shireen Baratheon. Her locations are unknown.
In King's Landing
Cersei Lannister mourned the death of her daughter, Myrcella, at the hands of the Sand Snakes of Dorne. Margaery Tyrell is released from her custody from the Faith Militant after a standoff between them and Tyrell soldiers. Her brother Loras, however, does not share the same fate and still stood on trial. Lady Olenna Tyrell - Margaery and Loras' grandmother - flees King's Landing. She was not there when Cersei eliminated her enemies in one fell swoop after she blew up the Great Sept of Baelor resulting in the deaths of the Faith Militant and Margaery, Loras and Mace Tyrell. Not all is good news however, as Margaery's husband Tommen sees the chaos from afar and commits suicide due to heartbreak.
The Iron Islands
The Kingsmoot made Euron Greyjoy the new King of the Iron Islands. He admitted to killing his own brother, Balon Greyjoy, for the throne. He plans forging an alliance by marriage to Daenerys Targaryen. His plan is delayed when many of the ships in the Iron Fleet are taken by Theon and Yara Greyjoy - the offspring of the deceased Balon Greyjoy. They reach Meereen and form a partnership with Daenerys Targaryen by providing her with the ships she needs to conquer Westeros. Euron, enraged by the act of his nephews, orders the Ironborn to build ships and hunt them down.
As the only remaining ruler of House Tyrell, Lady Olenna is in mourning but looking for revenge against the Lannisters. She sees this coming to fruition with Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes of Dorne who also seek revenge against the Lannisters after the death of Ellaria's partner, Oberyn Martell at the hands of the Lannisters. They are brought together by Daenerys' envoy Varys, who offers them vengeance by joining Daenery's quest to conquer Westeros and take the Iron Throne in King's Landing.
Beyond the Wall
Benjen Stark, the uncle of the Stark children, is alive but in an "undead" form. He saves Bran Stark from several wights and narrates that the Children of the Forest save him from turning into one. Most of the children die defending Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven during an onslaught led by the Night King against their hideout. This also resulted in the death of Bran's companion Hodor. Bran takes on the mantle of the Three-Eyed Raven and discovers that during one of his visions her deceased aunt's son is in fact her half-brother, Jon Snow.
Across the Narrow Sea
Daenerys gains a decisive victory against the rival cities who want to bring slave driving back to the Slaver's Bay region. Her victory solidified her position in the region which allowed her to focus her effort back to taking the Iron Throne of Westeros. Together with the many alliances she has forged along the way (including the exiled Tyrion Lannister), as well as being able to control her three dragons, Daenerys makes the push to sail to Westeros with a combined fleet or Greyjoy, Dornish and Meereeneese battleships.

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