If this was a normal year, we’d be an episode or two into the new Game of Thrones season by now, having a great time discussing fan theories, cheering on prospective couples, and wondering if Jon Snow was going to start breathing through his nose.
For production reasons, Thrones is coming back a little later than usual this year, which means, instead of all of that, we’re stuck analyzing the first photos HBO just released of the new season. What can we learn?
Daenerys has safely arrived in Westeros, which you can tell because she’s getting the show’s gray filter for the very first time. (Say good-bye to those bright oranges and blues, Dany!)
By the looks of it, she’s made her HQ at Dragonstone, which you may remember as the place Stannis moped around in seasons two and three. Fun fact: It’s also where Daenerys was born, though considering her mother died in childbirth, you can understand why she doesn’t look too thrilled about being there.
Here we see Varys in what looks like Dany’s throne room, sporting an elegant fur-lined robe. Even eunuchs catch the chills.
Here’s Missandei, looking very relieved not to have to deal with Tyrese and Ludacris anymore.
As you may recall from last season, Dany made Tyrion Hand of the Queen because … well, because he’s a main character, and they had to give him something important to do. Just another well-connected elite failing his way into one prestigious position after another!