15 Things you need to know before the premiere of Game Of Thrones season 7

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Game of Thrones returns soon, albeit with a slightly shorter season, sure to thrust us into even more political intrigue, epic battles, heartbreaking character deaths and jaw-dropping plot twists, which is pretty much what it’s known for. All the plot threads are slowly but surely coming together — the war for the Iron Throne, as well as the struggle against the White Walkers. While from afar it might seem simple enough (a lot of people assume Daenerys will take the throne and her dragons will destroy the White Walkers) there are a lot of little details people seem to have forgotten.

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It’s understandably difficult to keep track of all the different factors that might lead to your favorite character’s heroic survival or tragic demise, that’s why we’ve put together this little refresher course covering both the larger and smaller points we’ve come across over the last six seasons so both newcomers and long-time fans might have a better chance to see the fates of their favorites coming (trust us, it makes it easier). Since the show has pretty much surpassed George R.R. Martin’s books, all we can do is guess at where the story is headed, so we’ll be touching upon several theories. After all, the only thing we know for certain is that it’s still not safe to hope for a happy ending. Now tread carefully, the list is dark and full of spoilers.

15WHO HAS VALYRIAN STEEL?

Throughout the series, we’ve seen several swords forged from valyrian steel, a material we now know can kill White Walkers as seen in the season five episode “Hardhome” (written by David Benioff and D.B Weiss). There’s Longclaw, which belongs to Jon Snow, Oathkeeper, wielded by Brienne of Tarth, Widow’s Wail, last seen atop Joffrey Baratheon’s corpse and finally, Heartsbane, which Samwell Tarly wisely thought to steal from his family’s keep at Horn Hill.

These blades no doubt hold some significance and we may see them all used against White Walkers when they’re done messing about in the North (the real North, according to some) and inevitably breach the Wall, bringing a cold, merciless winter with them. It’ll be a good thing to keep in mind as the series nears its end. Maybe this season we’ll see Widow’s Wail wielded by someone else, possibly Jamie Lannister, since Tommen (who would have inherited the blade) is now dead.

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