Season 7 of Game of Thrones is almost at an end. Unlike the first six seasons of the show, Season 7 will run for only seven episodes, and the finale will air on August 27. There are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied off before we head into another hiatus. Fortunately, the trailer for the season finale has been released, and it points to a seriously epic episode that will bring a whole bunch of characters together in a never-before-seen location. Take a look!
If the trailer is any indication, we're in for an intense hour of television on Sunday. The footage indicates that most of the main players are finally going to get together in one place, and we're going to get the meeting that has been building for the past seven seasons. The leader of the North is meeting the leader based out of the south. Dany herself isn't present in any of the trailer footage, but she and Jon are clearly still allied after the events of "Beyond the Wall." Jon seems to have Tyrion, Ser Jorah, Theon, Brienne, Podrick, and a bunch of Dothraki on his side.
For her part, Cersei has a sea of guards on hand, along with her brother/lover who is currently on board her crazy train due to the pregnancy that may or may not be real. We obviously can't say too much based off of 40 seconds of footage, but it's probably safe to assume that the atmosphere is so tense that it wouldn't take too much provocation for fighting to break out at this meeting. Aside from the major characters who are finally meeting in this trailer, perhaps the most interesting aspect is just where they're meeting.
It seems that the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms will be assembling in the Dragonpit of King's Landing, which has not been featured on Game of Thrones before. In A Song of Ice and Fire lore, the Dragonpit was a location in King's Landing that was used in the time of the Targaryens to house their dragons. It fell out of use once the dragons began to die out, and it clearly hasn't been used for much in the show, as it seems to be in a state of ruin.
What's not entirely clear is why this major meeting is taking place in the ruined Dragonpit, but it's possible that the Dragonpit is seen as neutral ground by all the parties involved. While it's obviously the most convenient for Cersei, Jon and Co. would likely feel more comfortable walking into the ruins of the Dragonpit than strolling into the Red Keep for Cersei to trap them. The Dragonpit at least seems pretty open.
Dany doesn't seem to have brought/sent any of her dragons to the Dragonpit, although anything is possible, even if she's not there. Jon has shown an affinity for dragons. At the very least, Cersei's presence in the flesh means that we won't see a repeat of what happened to the Sept of Baelor in the Season 6 finale.
We'll have to wait and see. The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday, August 27 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Be sure to swing by our fall TV premiere guide for all your viewing options once hiatus has begun yet again.