At this stage of the year, we normally have a decent idea of how the next season of Game of Thrones is shaping up. We'll have seen a teaser, if not a full trailer, had a few official images released.
This year: nadda, save for a melting block of ice, at the end of which was the premiere date (July 16).
Game of Thrones has been pushed back from spring to summer, which means the wait is even more agonising, and we know even less about the upcoming season.
However, based on the direction Season 6 went in, and the fact that the show is speeding towards its endgame, we can make a few guesses. And there's a lot that needs to happen in order to payoff storylines and setup others for the eighth and final season.
We know this run will only have seven episodes, but it should be able to pack in the regular amount of narratives twists, turns, and deaths. The end is nigh, even if the air date isn't. Here's what must happen in Season 7.
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A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.