'Game of Thrones': Where characters left off in season 6

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Winter is coming. Where will some of the key characters of  “Game of Thrones” find themselves on the eve of this cold and momentous occasion? Here’s where we last saw them:

CERSEI LANNISTER (Lena Headey)

Lena Headey in HBO' Season 6 | Episode
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She pulls a “Godfather” in the sixth season finale, when — just before her trial — she has all the Sparrows and their supporters liquidated in rather dramatic fashion, by exploding the wildfire beneath the Great Sept. Her accusers thus vaporized, she crowns herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, holder of the Iron Throne.

DAENERYS TARGARYEN (Emilia Clarke)

Emilia Clarke in HBO' Season 6 | Episode
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Also consolidating — and displaying — her power, she got her three precious dragons, Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal, to torch the fleet of the nasty slave masters, while the Dothraki under her command destroyed the Sons of the Harpy. She then formed an alliance with some Greyjoys, in preparation for a conquest of that which is rightfully hers (she says): The Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms.

TYRION LANNISTER (Peter Dinklage)

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in HBO' Season
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Dany has named Tyrion “Hand of the Queen” — effectively her second in command — as both prepare to invade Westeros with the Iron Fleet that Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) has lent her.

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JON SNOW (Kit Harington)

Kit Harington in HBO's Season 6 of "Game
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The lords of the North and the Vale name Jon the King of the north, while Bran has a vision that reveals that Jon in fact is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. That means he’s the progeny of both fire and ice, so to speak, and therefore (maybe) the “prince that was promised” who was prophesied to one day save Westeros from the White Walkers.

SANSA STARK (Sophie Turner)

Sophie Turner and Kit Harington in Season 6
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After Jon and Sansa’s armies defeated the Boltons and killed their leader, Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) — who was also Sansa’s former malevolent tormentor — Winterfell in the north is finally under Stark control again. She and Jon form a pact — to trust each other forever — and by no means ever trust the treacherous Petyr Littlefinger Baelish (Aidan Gillen). We last saw her at Jon’s coronation as King of the North.

ARYA STARK (Maisie Williams)

Maisie Williams and David Bradley in HBO's Season
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Leaves the House of Black and White, or the temple of the Many-Faced God in Braavos, to return home to Westeros, where she kills a couple of stooges then bakes them into a pie that she serves to their father, Walder Frey (David Bradley) — who had ordered the murder of her brother and sister at the Red Wedding. She then finishes him off.

JAIME LANNISTER (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Season 6
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Returning to King’s Landing with the Lannister army after their victory at Riverrun, he sees the Great Sept demolished, then learns his son, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), had also committed suicide. He watches, bleakly, as Cersei crowns herself.

SAMWELL TARLY (John Bradley-West)

John Bradley in HBO's Season 7 of "Game
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He, Gilly (Hannah Murray) and little Sam were last seen in Oldtown, where he began preparations to become a master of the Night’s Watch. He looks on in awe at the huge library where he will study.

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BRAN STARK (Isaac Hempstead Wright)

Isaac Hempstead Wright in HBO's "Game of Thrones"
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Becomes the Three Eyed Raven — a human with special visionary powers who once lived with the remnants of the Children of the Forest beyond the Wall — and after placing his hands on the magic Weirwood, he’s transported to the Tower of Joy, where he learns that his half-brother Jon may well be the famed and much-discussed “Prince that Was Promised” — aka Azor Ahai, a legendary figure of yore who defeated the Others with his sword, Lightbringer, and is prophesied to come again to lead Westeros through the coming long night.

BRIENNE OF TARTH (Gwendoline Christie)

Daniel Portman and Gwendoline Christie in HBO's "Game
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She and Podrick (Daniel Portman) headed to Riverrun to enlist the support of Brynden Tully (Clive Russell) in Sansa’s campaign against Ramsay Bolton — and instead finds Tully under siege by Jaime and the Lannister forces. She’s back in support of Sansa, and now Jon, too.

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