No family on Game of Thrones has had it worse than the Starks — even when the Tyrell siblings Margaery and Loras blew up in a fiery inferno in last season’s finale, at least they were together. But the Starks have all been separated, with a shocking number of family members dying horribly ever since Season 1. Until now.
Entertainment Weekly has reunited the last remaining Starks for their May 30 cover. Sansa, Bran, Jon, and Arya are together at last and actually smiling. It should be noted that some Starks have technically crossed paths since Season 1. Jon and Sansa had an emotional reunion in Season 6, and in Season 3, Arya got to the Twins just in time to almost see Robb and Catelyn die. Bran Stark got to see his mostly-dead uncle, Benjen, in Season 6, and he got to see a younger version of his deceased father and aunt through his visions. But, otherwise, it’s been six whole seasons since House Stark was united.
Now that Jon is King in the North, and Arya is a deadly assassin, their dynamic will surely be different when they finally meet. Plus, Bran has to drop the bombshell that Jon is not their bastard brother but their cousin. Still, enjoy the fantasy of this happy family reunion through these covers.
Here’s Kit Harington for the Jon Snow cover. As Season 7 begins, Jon has recently been crowned the King in the North. Unbeknownst to Jon, Bran Stark and the audience know that his real parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
Here’s Maisie Williams for the Arya Stark cover. As Season 7 begins, Arya has finally returned to Westeros after spending two seasons in Braavos. Most recently, she killed Walder Frey as revenge for the Red Wedding. Season 7 photos indicate a return to Winterfell could be imminent.
Here’s Isaac Hempstead Wright for the Bran Stark cover. In Season 6, the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven died, leaving Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven. When Season 6 left Bran, he finally made it into the Tower of Joy in his visions and discovered that his aunt, Lyanna Stark, was Jon Snow’s true mother.
And here’s Sophie Turner for the Sansa Stark cover. At the end of Season 6, she fed her rapist husband Ramsay Bolton to his own dogs and calmly watched. She also used Littlefinger’s help to win the Battle of the Bastards, but that might come back to bite her — he’s revealed his goals to take the Iron Throne and rule, with Sansa as his queen.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16 on HBO. Check out the trailer here.