(UPDATE!) Bran, Sam, Gilly, Pod, and others star in new Game of Thrones season 7 pics!

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Even more promotional photographs of Game of Thrones season seven arrived today, after yesterday’s batch, in which we saw Lord Beric for the first time this year. After the cut you’ll see him again in a full version of the same photo, alongside many new pictures from the much publicized Targaryen and Stark crews, as well as a few characters of whom we hadn’t seen much yet: Bran Stark, Podrick Payne, Samwell Tarly and Gilly.

UPDATE: A few new pictures have appeared, and all of these are now in high definition:

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, now in full. Photo: HBO
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, now in full. Photo: HBO
Richard Dormer as Lord Beric, Rory McCann as Sandor. Photo: HBO
Richard Dormer as Lord Beric, Rory McCann as Sandor. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly in Oldtown. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly in Oldtown. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, bloody, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, bloody, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO
Hannah Murray as Gilly, in Oldtown. Photo: HBO
Hannah Murray as Gilly, in Oldtown. Photo: HBO
Isaac H. Wright as Bran Stark. Photo: HBO
Isaac H. Wright as Bran Stark. Photo: HBO
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont, Tim McInnerny as Robett Glover in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont, Tim McInnerny as Robett Glover in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Kit Harington as Jon, Sophie Turner as Sansa, Liam Cunningham as Davos. Photo: HBO
Kit Harington as Jon, Sophie Turner as Sansa, Liam Cunningham as Davos. Photo: HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Liam Cunningham as Davos in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Liam Cunningham as Davos in Winterfell. Photo: HBO
Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime in the Red Keep. Photo: HBO
Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime in the Red Keep. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen touches Westeros. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen touches Westeros. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen arrives to her new stronghold. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen arrives to her new stronghold. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm and Conleth Hill as Missandei enter the new Targaryen stronghold. Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm and Conleth Hill as Missandei enter the new Targaryen stronghold. Photo: HBO

We have been inundated with shots of Dany’s arrival to her new home and that grand meeting of Northern Lords, both scenes being expected to appear early in the season. And yet, one of these is our best shot of the Northern Alliance, with everyone represented, from the Northern Lords to the Vale and the wildlings; and it’s also nice to see the interior of Dragonstone, since in previous season seven promo material we had only been shown the Targaryen throne room and the good old strategic map room, which we know well — among many other scenes, if you recall, Stannis (always a cautious man) tested the load capacity of the map table with the help of Melisandre.

But, of course, the other pictures feel newer, as we have not been overexposed to these characters. We have seen little of Sam and Gilly, so it’s nice to confirm they remain surrounded by books, just as we left them — though they don’t look happy, it must be said. There’s also the complete photo of Lord Beric with the rest of his Brotherhood Without Banners, and Bran Stark looking up, presumably at the Wall.

The even newer pictures show Podrick Payne in all his glory, somehow still fitting in the same outfit as when he was practically a kid. And, of course, Sam with a bloody outfit and guts all around him at the Citadel. Is Sam a surgeon now? Well, that is interesting.

After such a long absence, Game of Thrones returns to our screens in barely a month, so which of these old friends are you most looking forward to see again?

141 Comments

  1. I’m loving these photos as well, especially the last one of Dany and co. entering the throne room of Dragonstone. Also the pic of Dany touching the sand shows that she has some hair jewelry thingy that I thought I saw a part of in some of the earlier photos but I wasn’t quite sure if I was just imagining it 😀

    There isn’t really anything new in these pics, but still I enjoy seeing different angles etc. It’s always nice to see more of Sam, Gilly and others that haven’t been shown so much lately. Also, Jaime seems either angry, pissed or stressed in every one of the pics we’ve seen of him so far. That is a good sign I think.

  2. Great pic of Gilly. I haven’t always liked her storyline, but now I’m looking forward what she has to offer.

  3. clouddragon:
    All I want is a picture of Thoros!

    I see no reason to hide him, so it really is bad luck that the Hound and Beric have been shown with the whole Brotherhood behind them, yet we haven’t even glimpsed Thoros in the background somewhere. He’s there, of course, but I really like the character, so I’d love to see him again in a good new photo.

  4. Is Bran really looking up, or just having a migraine (occupational hazard of being a gifted seer)?

    That is some awesome shot of Tormund. I’d run off to the wintry woods with that.

    And it is so nice to see Sam able to wear his lightweight summer togs again at last. The Northern climate didn’t suit him at all!

  5. A second Bran image, at last (albeit from the same scene).

    [Leaks discussion]

    The image of Lord Dondarrion by the fence might match up with the leak saying that the Brotherhood pass by the farm that the Hound robbed back in Season 4.
  6. Great pics! I don’t think it’s likely, but how cool would it be for the two Mormonts to meet? Lyanna probably won’t think much of Jorah, but I’d love to see Jorah meet (or hear of) her, the little lady heading his house.

  7. I love Richard Dormer and am glad to see Beric, interesting that there’s more focus on him. He looks more like Euron than Euron right now. 😜

    Bran is looking like the definition of Monday.

  8. ” …Stannis (always a cautious man) tested the load capacity of the map table with the help of Melisandre.”

    LOL that brightened my day. Thanks Luka.

    As I said on another thread, with this show, I’m as emotionally invested in the fates of almost all the supporting players as I am the stars. What a story this is.

    Question regarding Bran, since there is no sign of Meera, and hasn’t been (has there? apologise if I missed a pic) where and by whom do we think he was packed into this sleigh? It will be so great to finally learn some secrets about the Wall and about the Winterfell crypts.

    Sam and Gilly really look concerned and worried about something. I wonder if there’s a special reason Gilly is gazing over her shoulder with such worry on her face. Maybe Sam snuck her into the library somehow. Maybe they are in rented rooms, and Sam snuck books OUT, which would probably be a huge taboo.

    Little Lyanna – now what’s she lecturing the men about? She must be very careful, because LF is hovering behind her. He’s already seen her power to move men to action with a few well-chosen words. He won’t be happy with her if she somehow messes with his big plans.

  9. I don’t get it… What Podrick is doing there? Who is he to sit there? Just a squire to a knight.
    And there we have lords…

  10. It’s late where I am so I may be confused but wasn’t there an aerial photo at some stage showing a set in Northern Ireland with snow on a farm and people travelling past it on horse back? If so, I’d say it’s pretty clear that is the Brotherhood on their way North judging by these photos.

    I’m guessing the majority of these pictures are from episode one too, Dany landing at Dragonstone almost certainly, Jon with his King’s court also likely. The only one potentially is Sam & Gily because due to leaks

    they identify Jon is the rightful heir to the throne and he is Azor Ahai
  11. Is that a dragon head piece on dany’s back..i will take that one since we will not be getting three headed dragon crown

    Finally a bran one..people will be happy to see more of him..

    Everyone looks so gorgeous cool and badass ..
    I like the Gilly’s and dany ones most ..

    Pigeon beat me to it but I too was going to say how beric looks more like euron than euron

  12. Firannion: it is so nice to see Sam able to wear his lightweight summer togs again at last. The Northern climate didn’t suit him at all!

    He does looked well-groomed here, doesn’t he? Nice haircut, trimmed beard. More and more like the Lord he is (or would/should be if not for that devil of a father of his.) Perhaps he will STILL be that Lord. I’d rather like that. If he renounced his inheritance to join the NW, is there some way he could still take title?

  13. Ryan Neuner,

    There’s an official newsletter anyone (in the US) can access, “Whispers of Westeros.” Just as it happened with the trailer and a few other things, the email arrived minutes before the video was publicly listed.

  14. Yeah. Borrrrring.

    KIDDING. Oh my goodness, I’m close to Beatlemania fever pitch status. Everything looks so good!

    Let’s gooooooo!

  15. Beautiful picture of Jon and Davos in the falling snow. Tormund and Jaime, handsome as ever.
    My bad, when I read “Lyanna” in the title I though it was Ned’s sister… *blushes*

  16. solomon585858,

    He’s the guy that helped save Sansa from being murdered,that’s who he is . Also i don’t think most of the Lords of the North have any say in anything after what they did .

  17. Firannion: Is Bran really looking up, or just having a migraine (occupational hazard of being a gifted seer)?

    This picture along with the earlier one with Meera pulling him that I linked above look to be the same scene. My opinion is that the slope behind them is likely the bank of the dugout area leading to the north (Wall) gate to Castle Black. Bran appears to be also looking up at the Wall which supports that…

  18. There’s the first season 7 episode in those pictures…

    I am ready for the 2nd season 7 episode now

  19. Just me that foud curious that there is another table in front of the table with Jon, Davos and Sansa? Who could be these people that havê a table and a seat as Jon? And in the same picture we can see Jon, Sansa, Davos, Brienne, podrick, Tormund, lord Glover, lord Royce, lyanna, the ex bolton maister, the girl karstark, and for sure litllefinger is there too, i wonder where is lord cerwin and lord Manderly… Hope they are at least mentioned.

  20. Aguero,

    It’s hard to be certain when zooming in but it’s possible that the dude behind Brienne’s head in the full room shot is Manderly. The guy has white hair and beard anyway…

  21. Clob,

    How easy it would be to spot Wyman Manderly if he was book-accurate. They don’t call him “Lord Too Fat to Sit a Horse” for nothing 😛

  22. Aguero:
    Just me that foud curious that there is another table in front of the table with Jon, Davos and Sansa? Who could be these people that havê a table and a seat as Jon?

    For what it’s worth, that table was also there in 6×10 during the KiTN scene. I don’t think the men sitting there hold any special position, it’s just that the hall isn’t very big and in order to fit all those people one of the tables has to be placed directly across from the king.

  23. Luka Nieto,

    Maybe this season when Manderly introduces “The White Wolf! The King in the North!”, Ghost will trot out at Jon’s side.

  24. The picture of Lyanna Mormont looking annoyed and Littlefinger smirking behind her, makes me think Jon says something she doesn’t agree with and LF is enjoying the hell out of seeing Jon and his allies disagree. Littlefinger loves his chaos.

    For someone who always wanted to be a maester, Sam sure doesn’t look very happy during his time in the Citadel.

  25. Thronetender:

    …Stannis (always a cautious man) tested the load capacity of the map table with the help of Melisandre.

    LOL that brightened my day. Thanks Luka.

    That totally brightened my day too, but I must confess that my mind immediately went in the gutter: “And Melisandre tested the load capacity of Stannis!”

    Bad Wolfish. Bad.

  26. Luka Nieto,

    No doubt! Speaking of which… I didn’t remember the actor or his name (Blowers) at the time when Manderly was onscreen last season. I looked him up and was like ‘holy hell!’ I recognized him from twenty year old pictures, around the last time I saw him in something. I could not believe it was the same dude. He did look cool as Wyman though. 🙂

  27. Gucci Robert:

    solomon585858,
    He’s the guy that helped save Sansa from being murdered, that’s who he is. Also i don’t think most of the Lords of the North have any say in anything after what they did.

    To add to that, he also saved Tyrion’s life at the Blackwater; and, given the Starks’ alliance with the Wildlings, I very much doubt that they give a rat’s ass about titles at this point. In fact, no one in the North ought to, knowing that what’s coming will take every living body to combat.

  28. I haven’t seen any spoilers so have no idea what Sam is up to this season (and don’t want to be spoiled).

    Obv the logical assumption is that he discovers some piece of knowledge at the Citadel that will prove vital in defeating the white walkers. Just not sure what it could be? We already know that they can be defeated by a Valyrian Sword, dragonglass, Obsidian etc. I’m guessing that there is some sort of magical knowledge that Sam will find that will aid them even further. Something related to the Horn of Joramun? Some type of spell?

    Thoughts?

  29. Aguero,

    Use spoiler code!!! I’ve already seen the leaks, but a number of people here haven’t and don’t want the season spoiled for them.

  30. Pretty awesome pictures, good to see Dany actually in the halls of Dragonstone, Pod my little cinnamon roll, Davos and Jon going on a trip together, Getting our second picture of Bran lol

  31. Wolfish:
    Aguero,

    Use spoiler code!!! I’ve already seen the leaks, but a number of people here haven’t and don’t want the season spoiled for them.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. favor757:
    Still no Jorah pics… 🙁

    I’m just going to assume that he’s so “stoned” that they want to save that image of him for a hideous shocker… If he is cured somehow they wouldn’t want to show him clean of the affliction either as that would be a spoiler.

  33. Wolfish,

    IMO Pod is sitting where he is sitting because he is Brienne’s squire and she is a lady etc. Other lords or at least lady Mormont also have some advisors/squires sitting next to them, so Pod’s position is more or less justified.

  34. Seriously- why the hell dont they at least put a goddamn hat or hood on Brans head?? That dude would’ve died of hypothermia before they’d even gotten to the Wall in S4! Am I the only one bothered by this? 🙄😂

  35. Lyanna Mormont looks distressed.

    Is she watching Tormund putting the moves on Brienne again?

  36. Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (creeping in the background as always) in Winterfell

    This guy needs to receive a serious tae kwon leap!
    Boot to the head! Yah yah…
    Ohhmmm

  37. Have been wondering knowing that

    Gendry will be back, if he will be putting his smithing skills to work making some Valerian steel weaponry? After learning the metal chemistry from Sam, of course.
  38. Leaks

    Sam covered in blood, this must be wear he saves Jorah but looks like it’s gonna be a painful process, my poor brave bear
  39. solomon585858,

    Actually he was never a squire to a knight. 🙂

    Tyrion was not a knight, and despite Briennes skills, she is not technically a knight.

    Also thanks for the spoiler Indigo, you suck. 😡

  40. Jenny,

    It’s called not spoiling the story,something that mainstream Hollywood movies should learn about,Spiderman Homecoming rings a bell ? And before someone brings up the leaks,please just don’t,it’s not even close to being the same thing .

  41. Thronetender,
    I suppose he might get his title back if he officially leaves the Night’s Watch (in violation of his vows) or if the Night’s Watch ceases to exist…

  42. Thronetender:

    Little Lyanna – now what’s she lecturing the men about? She must be very careful, because LF is hovering behind her. He’s already seen her power to move men to action with a few well-chosen words. He won’t be happy with her if she somehow messes with his big plans.

    I always wonder what the Master of Mechanations is thinking. If he could have a thought bubble here it would probably be something like “If I have to hear one more word from this pipsqueak’s mouth I’m gonna sic Sansa on her.”

  43. Jeez, that new picture of Sam in his “robe.” It looks like he’s been spending time in Walter’s lab.

  44. Looking back I never thought they would focus on dany landing as much as they are doing now .iam talking about the emotional aspect ofcourse ..
    I talked about how nice it would have been to have jorah there with her…
    But it would have been more fun to have Irri and Jhiqui ( both alive in the books ) and her bloodriders to be with her …their reactions would have been funny ..

  45. Podrick Payne matured over the break. That’s a great picture. He no longer looks like an awkward teenaged boy, he looks like a man. He used to have cute chubby cheeks – his face has thinned and hardened just a bit. He’s … good looking in a very adult way. Following Brienne all over the kingdom did him good. And whatever Daniel Portman is doing in real life, keep on doing it. It looks good.

  46. Stark Raven’ Rad: I’m gonna sic Sansa on her.”

    Well, Sansa loves Lyanna. Sansa had such a look of pride and indulgence on her face last year while Lyanna was talking. I think she’d sic Brienne on LF if he dared make such a suggestion. In fact, I wish she’d sic Brienne on him.

  47. dragonbringer: Looking back I never thought they would focus on dany landing as much as they are doing now

    It’s one of the few pictures they can post that is pretty much spoiler-free. I mean, the last scene of Season 6 was her Armada heading toward Westeros and everyone was thrilled. So seeing a pic of her landing isn’t going to spoil anything.

  48. Flayed Potatoes: Sam looks like he had a tough time in his Potions class.

    Looks more like a medieval autopsy – with the bloody tunic and what looks like a scale weighing of a brain(?) or some other body part?!? Perhaps studying a white walker or something? I’m probably completely misreading the scene, but at first glance this is what it looks like to me. Perhaps izombie is influencing me a tad, got brains and morgues on my brain 🙂

    The rest look like standard photos that we seen before just at different angles, this one of Sam is quite interesting – can’t wait to find out what is happening here.

    Thanks again for posting!

  49. dragonbringer,

    Irri and Rakharo in the show were such sweethearts I felt like they were the characters that made you connect to the Dothraki more and see a completely different side to them so it was upsetting when they killed them off, I know they did the same Thing with Jon’s brother in the Night’s Watch more died than are still alive in the books.
    However now that they killed Irri and Rakharo the audience doesn’t really have any emotional connection to the Dothraki currently so I really think in S7 they are gonna have to introduce new Dothraki characters for the audience to connect to, the Wildlings at the moment only have one left aka Tormund but at least his very memorable, they need at least one like him for the Dothraki as well.
    Thronetender,

    I know what you mean, when I saw the picture I was like “Damn” when before it was like “What a cutie”

  50. That first photo of Sam looks like this is his first semester of college and he’s saying ‘what, I have to read all this by tomorrow?’ (been there, done that, bought the tshirt)

  51. Thronetender,

    Yeah I understand that ..iam not talking about promotions being done as dany landing in westeros..
    But I talking about how much they spend focusing on the emotional aspect of it for dany right from Dany touching the soil to reaching the throne room ..we even had the entire team looking all around taking in the moment while climbing those steps in the promo video of Clapton’s costume..it will be a long walk fr the beach to war council room of Dragonstone where the westeros table resides ..all while Ramin giving a long beautifully composed score ..

  52. Mel,

    Yes they both were cute and I understand why show had to do it ..
    But having them would be funny because they will come up with a story to support their superstition and dany’s reactions to those ..times in vaes tollero come to my mind ..

    You are right about having a representative of dothraki ..I had believed that it will be joe naufahu who played khal Moro but alas he too persished in the fire ..sad because I liked him

  53. Awesome photos once again!!! I would love another proper teaser clip but alas, maybe in a few weeks? I sense just like the promo there won’t be too much info. In a way, I’m glad.

    We’re on the home stretch now to the end of dare I say…. The best T.V series in history. Big call I know however, I’m calling it!!!

  54. Wolfish,

    I am now wondering what Mel’s load capacity is! Lol. I suppose whatever it takes to conceive a demonspawn? Alright, enough already…

    Okay. So I am spoiler and leak free (last I checked). What the fuck is all the blood on Sam’s robe? What has he been learning????

  55. viki,

    Whitewalkers can’t make it past the Wall and the south doesn’t believe in them. My guess is he’s probably dealing with a human.

    Or he spilled tomato sauce over his clothes. 😛 Just kidding.

  56. Good move on removing the one name from the article title. Best to be conservative with the cover photos and titles for people avoiding all spoilers.

  57. That last picture of Sam. Looks like he is performing autopsy. We can see what looks like a heart or some internal organ on the scale.

    Is this part of his routine training or he is analyzing someone important (and dead)?

  58. The Last Dragon named No One,
    Sister Kisser,

    The terribly sad thing is, Stannis was such a terribly dour man with such a ponderous sense of duty that he probably didn’t even enjoy it. What a waste!

    On another note (and I’m sure this was discussed on this site at some point long before I started checking in to it), when I recently watched the series again I noticed that, in the scene with Mel and Selyse—when the Red Woman was bathing and explaining Glamour Potions 101 to the taciturn Mrs. Stannis—Mel didn’t have her ruby necklace on. Does this mean that (gasp!) Selyse saw her as she really is? And took cold comfort in knowing that what her husband thought he was copulating with and what he really was copulating with were vastly different?

    Hmmm…

  59. Looks like Sam’s trying to put the silver link in his chain already… That’ll be an interesting bit of training for such a haemophobe.

    On another note, Dany looks incredible. And Lyanna Mormont looks worried about something…

  60. Wolfish,

    It has been discussed. There were several schools of thought: 1) Selyse, being the fanatic we know, didn’t even notice the difference; 2) Mel kept her useful appearance with one of her potions, but the effect couldn’t last long, that’s why she asked Selyse to give her the blue bottle; 3) Selyse saw Mel as she really looked, that’s why she was so uncomfortable; 4) It was just a discontinuity.

  61. Shy Lady Dragon,

    Thanks for letting me know! I would guess either 2 or 3. Selyse was a fanatic, but not being able to tell the difference between a 30-year-old woman and a centenarian is one hell of a stretch. Discontinuity is even more unlikely, given the fanatical attention to detail on the show. How many people would have missed it? Carice van Houten (very unlikely, given how uncomfortable that thing must be), Tara Fitzgerald, who had already had a number of scenes with Carice, the costume people, the cinematographer, the director…

    Naaahhh.

  62. Wolfish,

    Iirc the person who gave explanation 1 (I don’t remember who) said that fanatics are so convinced their faith is the right one, that they see things which are not there, but they imagine them to be due to their belief.
    I tend to favour explanation 2.

  63. Wolfish,

    You can find many of those discontinuities and inconsistencies especially more from season 5 onwards .The show is not devoid of mistakes and criticism and this scene happens to be one of those mistakes

  64. Chuck,

    Yeah I always wonder the same thing. I am thinking it is something that would end the WW forever, and not just “for now”
    But I have no idea what it would be. I haven’t read the books so I have no further insight on what may be out there.

  65. One thing that annoys, bare with me here, is the door handles in the last shot. Dany has just rocked up and you mean to tell me she has had the builders in to change the door handles to dragon versions? Don’t get me wrong the detail is great but just seems a bit stupid.

  66. I’m not loving Jon’s hairstyle this season. I prefer longer not so slicked back. I think Daenerys hair could be styled prettier as well. Also maybe a jewel toned outfit as opposed to grey. Truth is I’m just not that excited for this season, and I miss feeling the hype! Maybe cause it’s been so long since S6 ended and I have gotten out of GOT mode. Perhaps a proper trailer might turn things around 🙂

  67. dragonbringer,

    I hope you are happy with the amount of focus that is being placed on Dany this year. Her role makes my eyes glaze over tbh lol. Though it will definitely be made more interesting when the two shall meet 🙂

  68. anyone notice the dagger Jaime is carrying? Is that the vylarian one from the catspaw assassin??

  69. Stunning photos as always! I’m rooting for everyone at this point (except the mad queen and white walkers).

  70. IceBrandon,

    I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with the fact that from season 5 onwards they passed the books and totally not something to do with your bias sure,anyway who watches season 1 and says it doesn’t a shitload inconsistencies is an obvious book purist .

  71. ygritte:
    I’m not loving Jon’s hairstyle this season. I prefer longer not so slicked back.

    Of course you do. That’s the way he wore it for You!

  72. Amar:
    That last picture of Sam. Looks like he is performing autopsy. We can see what looks like a heart or some internal organ on the scale.

    Is this part of his routine training or he is analyzing someone important (and dead)?

    Sam is secretly Anubis. The heart that he is weighing belonged to a person so pure and truthful that it is heavily outweighed by the Feather of Ma’at (on the other plate of the scales, concealed behind him). In the books, he is transporting the corpse of Maester Aemon to the Citadel in a cask of wine, so he would be the logical guess. But since we saw Aemon’s funeral pyre in the show, the heart must belong to someone else. ; )

  73. Love the photos.

    Did notice that Sandor and Davos seem to be Ride Sharing as they appear to both be riding the same horse.

  74. So, how do you like the show?
    I must admit I liked the latest 2 episodes less, but this doesn’t say much, because I loved the other ones like crazy. The actors vs. characters, the acting, the visuals, the way Shadow’s story is combined with the vignettes, the music… it all seems exquisite.
    I applauded the idea of expanding Laura’s arc (her past rounds her character well and her scene with Audrey was hilarious), Salim’s arc and inventing the two impressive stories: Anansi and the slave ship, the woman who met Anubis (her Sphinx cat was a nice touch) – if I have to pick my favourite fragment so far I think I’d choose her post-death encounter. I have always liked Gillian Anderson and I enjoyed her inhabiting her avatars a lot, I’m glad the script chose such interesting personas for her. It’s so good that Neil Gaiman is so involved in the production.

  75. Dee Stark:
    Flayed Potatoes,

    omg don’t stress me out
    I cant handle any more problems for jon

    That’s why I’ve got on my Perpetual Rewatch Loop the handful of scenes in which Jon actually smiles. In just about all of his other scenes he looks morose, as if the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

    My favorites:
    • With Ygritte, “Oh! A spider! Save me Jon Snow! My dress is made of the purest silk from Tralalalala-aday.”
    • With Arya, “Watch: Nymeria…gloves!” Jon: “Impressive.”
    • To Sam: “I’m glad the end of the world is working out for someone”
    • With Ed: “That was funny. You sure that’s still you in there?”

  76. Ten Bears: Rewatch Loop the handful of scenes in which Jon actually smiles

    Oh you left out the best one: with Sansa, when she tells him the raven came announcing winter. It’s heart warming to see him smile after everything

  77. Luka Nieto,

    Yeah, I’m hoping we see Thoros with Beric and The Hound too.
    This show is so ubiquitous (is that the right word?) that just about everyone I know has adopted its catch phrases. For example, instead of “Good to see you again”, friends often greet me with: ” ‘the f*ck you doing here?”
    Also… I was a guest at a traditional Seder about two months ago; my friend’s wife, the hostess, is ultraconservative, and was dressed in a long-sleeved blouse and head scarf. So I was amused when she came over with a platter with some kind of cake to dish me out a slice, and as she was putting it on my plate, looked me in the eye with a sly smile and said:
    HERE…my Lord.”

  78. Thronetender,

    You’re right! “Well, father always promised…” is said with a smile. (I shouldn’t have missed that: In the S6e10 episode Commentary narrated by Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, they playfully goof on Kit H’s movie star smile in that scene…and continue to goof on him and themselves throughout the rest of the Commentary.)

  79. Ten Bears: Kit H’s movie star smile in that scene

    Movie-star smile is a good way to put it. It was. It was beautiful. Considering how sullen and withdrawn he was at the beginning of S6, how disgusted he looked after executing his murderers and how grim he looked as he plowed through every other problem that happened, ESPECIALLY how he looked as he clawed his way up out of the pile of dead, it was extraordinary to see him smile that lovely smile at the end. I’d love a still of that smile, I’d use it as a screensaver to gaze at during some of my own not so lovely moments.

  80. Ten Bears,

    If you ever get around to reading the books, you will looovvveee Edd even more. OMG, all the wonderful lines he has. He really is “Dolorous Edd.”

  81. Thronetender,

    I loved that scene so, so much. In a show with a lot to love, it really got to me… which is saying something, because Sansa is definitely not a favorite. (I’m not one of the legion of “Sansa haters,” but I’ve never been able to empathize much with her, either.) That scene is beautiful, period.

  82. Shy Lady Dragon,

    Im excited to watch. I haven’t watched it yet, I am working on my GOT rewatch right now hahaha.

    Im happy to hear people are enjoying it. Its IMDB ratings are lower than I expected

  83. Wolfish,

    “fuck the glass! we’re gonna die here”

    is that from the books or a show-only thing? I laugh out loud every time I watch that scene. 😀 😀

  84. Ten Bears,

    I love that commentary so much.They are hilarious throughout and Peter and Lena are delightful as always.I love that they always take the piss out of each other.Peter going so Tyrion is Jon Snow’s father had me laughing out loud.And Lena’s enthusiasm at everything in the show is so contagious.I love the commentaries in general but this one and the one for ep 9 were top notch.

  85. solomon585858,

    Don’t forget Pod was first aide/squire to Tyrion (HotQ now). I imagine his place in the new regime to be fairly inner circle since Tyrion trusts him completely.

  86. Wolfish:
    Ten Bears,

    If you ever get around to reading the books, you will looovvveee Edd even more. OMG, all the wonderful lines he has. He really is “Dolorous Edd.”

    Heavens yes! Edd’s worst-case scenario predictions are some of the funniest writing in the books. He is like Eeyore + Marvin the Paranoid Android ratcheted up to 11. I wish the show had at least given him a gloomy monologue about what was likely to happen if he should ever be put in charge of the Night’s Watch.

    They did cast the part well, though – I’ll give them that.

  87. Shy Lady Dragon:
    So, how do you like the show?
    I must admit I liked the latest 2 episodes less, but this doesn’t say much, because I loved the other ones like crazy…It’s so good that Neil Gaiman is so involved in the production.

    I actually haven’t seen the most recent episode yet, so I can’t comment on that other than to say that I’ve been enjoying the expansion of Mad Sweeney’s arc so far. I’m not so thrilled about how they’ve made Laura so unsympathetic a character; I’m not getting her underlying loyalty to Shadow that came across in the books. Comments I’ve seen from non-readers seem to concur that she’s a cold bitch. In the book her affair with Robbie seemed like more of a throwaway thing, I thought; we were never supposed to doubt her love for Shadow, and her ferocity in protecting him after her death.

    I’m happy that Salim has become a recurring character and generally loving the ‘Coming to America/Somewhere in America’ vignettes. Not enjoying Media so much as you are. Looking forward to more time with Mr. Nancy, Ibis and Jacquel. And eager to get to Lakeside in Season 2. I’m expecting that they’ll cut out the hitchhiking scene and put off introducing us to Samantha Black Crow until next year, alas.

    Totally agreed that Neil’s deep involvement in the production is keeping things on track!

  88. Firannion: He is like Eeyore + Marvin the Paranoid Android ratcheted up to 11.

    Hahahahahaha!!!! Yes!!!! “This will all end in tears…” whomp whomp. 😂

    One of my favourite Edd show moments still has to be his expression at the whole Tormund/Brienne dinner scene.

  89. King beyond the Wall II,

    “The dead are likely dull fellows, full of tedious complaints—‘The ground’s too cold,’ ‘My gravestone should be larger,’ ‘Why does HE get more worms than I do’…”

    —Eddison Tollett of House Tollett (words: “When All Is Darkest”)

  90. Dee Stark,

    Take your time then, you Goddess of Patience 🙂 I take my annual GOT rewatch very seriously, so I get that.
    Maybe it’s a good dosage for you: after you finish rewatching GOT or even after season 7 you’ll have plenty of time to deal with season 1 of AG. And then I’ll be curious to find out your opinion.

  91. Firannion,

    In the book we don’t know much about Laura, it can be Shadow’s love adding a pink filter to her feelings. I found her whole character expansion believable: she didn’t love Shadow because she was unable to love anything, herself included; ironically she used to be dead while being alive. Maybe it’s experiencing death (I have read about people coming back after clinical death with changed outlook on existence) or the purity of the gold in her chest which opened her up to life and love… no matter how many flies are constantly around her. But I think she does have a bitchy side, which fortunately combines well with Mad Sweeney’s “Give me the coin, dead wife!” You’ll see a softer side of Mad Sweeney in the most recent episode.
    Imo Media’s personae should be a little kitchy with a trace of auto-irony, that’s why I consider them well done.
    I’d like to see more Mr Nancy, Ibis and Jacquel, but it’s good that, at least, Ibis and Jacquel are involved in several scenes.
    I expect they will end this season with the gods’ reunion. There will be a long wait for me until season 2.

  92. Shy Lady Dragon,

    Haha Goddess of patience. That’s funny
    Yes I think I will wait till after season 7 is over, so I can have something to pull me through till season 8!!!!!!!!!

    I will definitely want to discuss it with you!

  93. Dee Stark: Haha Goddess of patience. That’s funny

    Well, the patron deity of patience almost certainly is a goddess, not a god! Now, the patron deity of “who needs stinking directions” is a much better candidate for “god.” (Of course, this begs the question of why gods would have sexes or sex, anyway….)

  94. ash: gotta be from the show; Hardhome in the books happened off screen, um I mean off page.

    It might not have. Jon was about to lead Watch & Wildling forces to Hardhome in an attempt to save the Wildlings there when Ramsay’s little love note turned up.

    And on a totally unrelated note….

    Wimsey: I found her whole character expansion believable: she didn’t love Shadow because she was unable to love anything, herself included; ironically she used to be dead while being alive. Maybe it’s experiencing death (I have read about people coming back after clinical death with changed outlook on existence) or the purity of the gold in her chest which opened her up to life and love… no matter how many flies are constantly around her. But I think she does have a bitchy side, which fortunately combines well with Mad Sweeney’s “Give me the coin, dead wife!”

    I would tend to agree with this viewpoint. Laura is not particularly well-developed in the book. However, the show clearly is elevating her role substantially: I am curious to see where they go with it.

    Having spent too much time in the American Midwest, I must say: I do find the dreariness of this part of the world well-expressed on the show. Few places could more use a good old fashioned Armageddon to live up the place! (Even if they do wind up beating up on the wrong guys….)

  95. Wimsey: Of course, this begs the question of why gods would have sexes or sex, anyway….

    To fool around in Greek mythology 😉 and to get Bilquis… worshiped in American Gods.

  96. BunBunStark,

    Isn’t this the great hall in Winterfell? If so, it’s the room where Jon told Mel about his family eating at the table. Maybe that’s the same table.

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