All You Need to Know For Game of Thrones Season 7

"Game of Thrones" Season 7 will premier this coming Sunday, July 16. After six seasons, HBO's hit show has killed off more characters than anyone can remember, but there are still just a few major players.

To catch viewers up for the new season, PJ Media has chosen the seven most important characters to keep track of as Season 7 starts. Enjoy! (And heads up, Spoilers are coming.)


1. Cersei Lannister.

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Season 6 ended with the Queen Mother, Cersei of House Lannister (Lena Headey), in firm control of the Iron Throne, after blowing up the Sept of Baelor with wildfire.

Cersei has been a major player since Season 1, when the very first episode ended with Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) peeping on her doing the dirty with her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). She was the queen to Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and mother to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free, Aimee Richardson), and Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman, Callum Wharry), all of whom are now dead.

Cersei arranged Robert's death in Season 1, and tried to convince King Joffrey to have mercy on Ned Stark (Sean Bean). She relied on her influence as a mother to have power over King Joffrey and King Tommen, but faced stiff competition from Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), who married both Joffrey and Tommen.

In a fit of insanity, Cersei empowered the Faith of the Seven to arm themselves, becoming the "Faith Militant," also known as the "Sparrows." This backfired, leading to Cersei's infamous "walk of shame" in Season 5. At the end of Season 6, she destroyed the Sept of Baelor (the Westerosi equivalent to the Vatican or Westminster Abbey), killing the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), along with Margaery and her brother Loras (Finn Jones).

At the end of Season 6, Cersei was crowned queen in her own right, proving the point from Season 1 that "power resides where men think it resides," not in the line of succession. In Season 7, she will try to hold on to her power. In the trailer, she spoke about enemies to the east, to the west, to the south, and to the north.

Her brother Jaime (who is also the father of her three children) is a complex character. After throwing Bran out a window and hoping he would die, Jaime attacked Ned, was captured by Robb Stark (Richard Madden), released by Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), and captured again, having his right hand chopped off in Season 3. He is known as the "kingslayer" for killing Aerys II Targaryen, but he actually saved the city of King's Landing by killing the king, who was going to use wildfire to blow up the city.

Now Cersei has used wildfire, and Jaime looks worried. There is a prophecy that the valonqar, or little brother, will kill Cersei. Could this mean Jaime will turn on her?