Just hours after this Sunday's Game of Thrones episode was leaked accidentally by HBO, the network has sent out 12 new photos for Beyond the Wall. After news of the leak broke, the episode was being called Death Is the Enemy. But now the episode title is officially confirmed. It airs Sunday, August 20 at 9 PM ET on HBO. While there aren't any particular SPOILERS within the photos themselves, there will be a number of SPOILERS from throughout the season discussed below. If you aren't fully caught up on this new season, read on at your own risk.
HBO released these new images this afternoon, many of which focus on the party that ventured out beyond The Wall at the very end of last week's episode, Eastwatch, which happened to set a new ratings record with 10.7 million viewers tuning in. The end of that episode brought Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) to Eastwatch, where they learned from Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) that they have imprisoned Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann) and Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), before realizing they're all on the same side. We saw in the preview for Beyond the Wall that this group will certainly have their hands full, with the Night King and his army of White Walkers approaching.
Unfortunately, these Game of Thrones episode 7.6 photos don't reveal much of the battle, or showcase the Night King himself, but we get a closer look at Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion, including another photo of his now-infamous flaming sword, which was featured in a trailer for the show before this season even began. There are also individual shots of Tormund Giantsbane and Jorah Mormont along with a group shot of them all walking together, along with shot that seems to be taken during the battle, as Jon, Tormund and others have their weapons draw. We don't get a great look at the enemy they're facing. However, perhaps the most intriguing shots are away from the battle altogether.
One image from Beyond the Wall features Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) approaching her sister Arya (Maisie Williams) as she watches what is happening in Winterfell. Neither sister looks particularly happy. Towards the end of Eastwatch, we saw Arya eavesdropping on Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), who receives a small scroll after being told that this was the only copy in Winterfell. After Littlefinger leaves, Arya sneaks into his room to find out what this scroll is, only to find out that it was from Sansa to her late brother Robb Stark (Richard Madden), which she was forced to write in Season 1 by Cersei, where she asks Robb to "swear fealty" to King Joffrey and prevent any further blood shed. Naturally, that didn't happen, which ultimately lead to Robb's death at the Red Wedding, but it remains to be seen how Arya will respond to this letter.
The final photos feature Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and his Queen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) having a fireside chat, Tyrion and Dany walking outside, flanked by the massive dragons, and Sansa reading some pages of parchment, while Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) looks on. HBO has also confirmed that this penultimate Season 7 episode of Game of Thrones will be 70 minutes long, and will be followed by the Season 7 finale on August 27, which will be the longest in series history, at 80 minutes long. Take a look at these new Game of Thrones photos below, as we get closer to this new episode debuting.