Family reunions can be the source of major anxiety, especially if you’re the only of your siblings with no job, no family, and no hairline. But no question about “why you let it all slip away” can compare to what the Stark family will have to confront when they finally reunite in one of Game of Thrones’ final 13 episodes.
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The first seven of those episodes will play out over the course of a truncated seventh season, which begins airing July 16 on HBO. To mark the occasion, Entertainment Weekly decided to reunite the Stark family a little early, and under far more agreeable circumstances.
Sister, sister! ❤️👯 Not only are @maisie_williams and @SophieT screen sisters, but they’re also great friends in real life and we can’t help but feel the love! 😍 Click the link in our bio for more photos of our #HouseStark reunion! 🤗 #GameOfThrones #GOTs7 #AryaStark #SansaStark 📷: @marchomstudio for EW
Instead of being forced to confront their people’s genocide over a bowl of tepid Dire Wolf stew, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams), and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) got to chill on a set while sucking back breakfast burritos all day. It’s no wonder they’re smiling.
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Expect those smiles to vanish once the actual season gets underway. With Dany and her dragons closing in on Westeros and the dreaded Night’s King looming in the north, hell, fire, and brimstone appear to be the three entrees on this season’s menu. Executive producer Bryan Cogman agreed when he told EW that Dany’s march to the Iron Throne is the game changer we all expect it to be.
“It has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline that’s very exciting to explore,” he said. “There’s a pace and urgency that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”
Doesn’t he mean the end Game… of Thrones? He probably meant that.