Game of Thrones season 7: Episode 6 photo analysis


It’s back “Beyond the Wall” in the new Game of Thrones season 7 photos for episode 6, though the set of 12 photos also includes a few other familiar faces.

There’s something ominous about the newly-confirmed title for Game of Thrones‘ next episode, “Beyond the Wall.” This isn’t the first time we’ve watched characters like Jon Snow venture into what he dubbed “the true North” this season, but the title makes it seem as though his old experiences there have not completely prepared him for what he’s going to find.

As if to emphasize that this episode is going to be big, HBO released 12 photos, so it’s time to jump in and start analyzing.

We’ll start with some smaller shots:

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion – Photo 11: HBO

No Valyrian steel? No problem for Berric Dondarrion. Fire’s all he’ll need to combat the wights.

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund – Photo 3: Helen Sloan/HBO

He might be missing his “big woman,” but we’ve missed the “big man” that is Tormund Giantsbane. But even his smile’s gone. This trip north might not feel like a homecoming for him, even though he’s a wildling.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo 4: Helen Sloan/HBO

Who’s that off to the side with his back to the camera? Ser Jorah Mormont, perhaps? Anyway, this expression on Jon’s face does not bode well for what we’ll see in this episode.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo 12: HBO

Neither does this one. Jon’s lifting his sword and looking grim. Is our prediction that someone will go down fighting actually going to come true, and will Jon have to put that someone out of their misery? After all, Longclaw is Valyrian steel …

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion and Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo 5: Helen Sloan/HBO

Presumably, this shot of Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow lines up with the preview for “Beyond the Wall”. We talked about his lines in the preview in our predictions as well.

Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont – Photo 2: Helen Sloan/HBO

Okay, now we’re seriously concerned for Jorah.

Yes, more than we were when we predicted he might die.

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund, Kit Harington as Jon Snow,

Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Joe Dempsie as Gendry – Photo 1: Helen Sloan/HBO

To throw a guess out there about who exactly it is that’s standing in the first Jon Snow image, it might actually be Jorah Mormont. Although Gendry’s hair is also dark enough, it’s too short. Also, love that Gendry’s the only one wearing a hood in this group shot.

Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Kit Harington as Jon Snow and

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund – Photo 9: HBO

Battle in the blizzard! That’s going to be even more difficult for them. They need to see. Do the wights actually need to see, or does the snow not even bother them?

Now it’s time to do some deducing. Here’s Tyrion and Daenerys looking like they’re having a serious talk. (Just want to say that yes, we called this too.)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – Photo 8: Helen Sloan/HBO

Pay attention to what Daenerys is wearing here. It’s the same dark clothing we’ve seen her in all season, right? No big surprises fashion-wise for either of them.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – Photo 10: HBO

Then we get to this photo. Even without the caption positively identifying the two actors here as Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, we’d know just by the hair colors. Also, check out how Daenerys is suddenly wearing white and gray, as if she’ll want some sort of camouflage in a snowier area. That seems to help support the rumored spoilers we discussed in our predictions.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – Photo 7: Helen Sloan/HBO

Oh, I like this photo. At first glance, it almost seems as though the sisters have had another spat, but the look on Arya’s face suggests she’s focusing on someone else that they both have reason to not be happy with, which is another prediction we made.

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – Photo 6: Helen Sloan/HBO

I like this photo as well, if only because Sansa getting help from women warms the cold cockles of my feminist-moment-loving heart. Bonus points if Brienne casually mentions she’ll handle any problems she can for Lady Stark.

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“Beyond the Wall” looks like it’s mostly going to concern itself with northern affairs. Get ready now.