The story of Game of Thrones can be overwhelming at times; it follows hundreds of characters across several continents. To remind you of where we’re at, here’s a recap of the current situation at various locations across the GoT universe.
King’s Landing: Cersei basically just wrecked all of her enemies, mostly thanks to her wildfire-y destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor. She’s now heading up the Seven Kingdoms (or so she says), although it’s a bittersweet triumph since all of her children are now dead. She’s also short on allies, so we doubt her seat on the Iron Throne will remain secure for long.
The North: After the Battle of the Bastards, Jon Snow has reclaimed Winterfell, killing Ramsay Bolton in the process. Lucky for Jon, he had plenty of help from his sister Sansa, as well as Ser Davos Seaworthy, Lady Lyanna Mormont and Torment Giantsbane – oh, and a respectable contingent of soldiers from the Vale, courtesy of Littlefinger. Jon is now King in the North, which probably won’t sit well with Cersei, Queen in the South. Or Littlefinger, who was hoping to become Warden of the North, for that matter.
The Reach: Samwell Tarley and Gilly are now at the Citadel in Oldtown, where Sam is hoping to become a Maester. His main goal is to find a way to stop the impending White Walker cataclysm – let’s hope the theft of his family’s Valerian steel sword doesn’t scupper those plans.
Dorne: Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes have murdered Prince Doran Martell (and even his heir, Trystane, too). They’ve got a bone to pick with House Lannister, but Cersei probably isn’t going to take it sitting down – they did murder her daughter, Myrcella, after all.
Riverlands: Jaime Lannister has seized Riverrun, once home of the Tully family – that’s the late Catelyn’s lot. During the siege, Brienne and Podrick, who were attempting to recruit the Blackfish in a bid to reclaim Winterfell, escaped. May their bromance continue ever on.
Iron Islands: King Balon Greyjoy is dead after he was murdered by his brother, Euron Greyjoy. Theon is done being Reek, and is trying to sit his sister Yara on the Salt Throne. But Euron is looking to take the top job for himself. Unfortunately for him, Theon and Yara met up with Daenerys over in Essos and managed to get her on side, so we’re expecting plenty of Iron Islands angst in the new season.
Braavos: Arya survived her near-fatal ordeal with the Waif, and has now returned to Westeros after completing her Faceless Man training in Braavos. Arya’s long-awaited revenge upon enemies of the dwindling Stark family is almost certainly incoming.
Across the Narrow Sea: And let’s not forget Queen Daenerys Targaryen, who finally (FINALLY!) has set sail for Westeros to reclaim her homeland – and the Iron Throne with it. She has a substantial army, consisting of the Unsullied, Dothraki, and soldiers from the Greyjoys, Tyrells, and Dorne – and Tyrion by her side as Hand of the Queen. Let’s not forget the dragons, either.
Beyond the Wall: And last but certainly not least, we have Bran Stark, who is now mulling the revelation that Jon Snow is the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark – giving him a claim to the throne (soz, Daenerys). Bran – and Meera Reed – are now Wall-bound after a rescue effort by Bran’s uncle, Benjen Stark. With the encroaching threat of the Night King from Beyond the Wall, Bran has plenty of work to do trying to convince everyone that their throne-thirsty in-fighting probably isn’t all that important.