‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 preview: The race is on for the Iron Throne

More than a year has passed since the conclusion of the Emmy-winning “Game of Thrones” series’ sixth season, making the July 16 return of George R.R. Martin’s cunning characters one of TV’s most anticipated premieres of 2017. Also heightening the suspense element is the fact that, for the second year in a row, HBO TWX, +0.67% is not releasing advance screeners to the press.

So what can we expect from the abbreviated, faster-paced Season 7? Read on for our preview:

Where we left off

The Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” left little to the imagination when it came to figuring out the direction of the penultimate season.

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