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Game of Thrones releases season 7 episode titles, details

Cryptic descriptions raise intriguing questions — and solve one big mystery

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HBO has at last released the titles and details of the first three episodes of Game of Thrones season 7.

As usual, the language is cryptic but also very intriguing — and raises a bunch of questions.

Here they are:

Episode #61: “Dragonstone” (July 16)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

Episode #62: “Stormborn” (July 23)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.

Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.

The first episode description tips to Daenerys arriving in her ancestral home — which is a pretty big revelation because, until now, fans didn’t know the Dragon Queen makes it to Westeros in the season premiere.

But the descriptions also raise many questions: Who is Dany’s unexpected visitor? What gift does Cersei return? What mistake does Jaime make? Who revolts against Jon Snow?

There were no exact running times included, though all were listed as airing from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Thrones has a couple longer-than-usual episodes this season — including its longest ever (the season finale) which is around 80-some minutes.

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Game of Thrones returns July 16.