(Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones Season 6, as well as some mild discussion of what we could be set to see in next summer's Season 7. Proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood three-eyed raven suggests to you is wise.)

Fresh off of a record-breaking haul at this year's Emmys, you might imagine that the Game of Thrones cast and crew would be content to rest on their laurels, and simply attempt to replicate such widely lauded success while filming 2017's Season 7. After all, the show is very much at the top of the television heap, and there's surely nowhere to go from there but down. That, though, isn't the attitude the folks making Game of Thrones seem to be taking. Instead...

It Seems Game of Thrones Season 7 Is Set To Outdo Season 6's 'Battle Of The Bastards'

Or, at least, to do its damnedest to. Y'see, according to Emilia "Daenerys" Clarke, who was recently interviewed by TV Line on the Emmys red carpet, Season 7 is shaping up to be even more "epic" than what we've seen before (and that was so richly rewarded at those same Emmys). As she put it:

"So, last season's battle was like, ridiculous. Miguel [Sapochnik], have to shout out, he's phenomenal. But this? This season is like...off the shizzaaay. There's like another battle that's epic."

Which, with that bastard-themed battle garnering some of the highest critical praise around, is pretty darned lofty praise from Clarke — and can easily be read as a defiant statement of intent for everyone's favorite Khaleesi. After all...

It Would Make Sense For Next Season's Big Battle To Feature Daenerys Stormborn

What with her, y'know, being about to invade the Seven Kingdoms and all. If there's a major coming together of swords and such, then it's surely likely to feature Daenerys, and if her past successes on the battlefield are any indication, to end in triumphant victory for her ragtag gang of freed slaves, dragons and rampaging Dothraki.

Or, alternatively, half of her army will be felled by new and exciting Westerosi diseases, a key advisor or two will defect, and Drogon will accidentally eat a key envoy from the Starks. This is Game of Thrones after all, and nothing ever runs quite as smoothly as Daenerys will have been hoping.

We'll get to find out how it all plays out in just a few short months, though, when Game of Thrones returns next spri...No, wait. Next summer. Hopefully.

It's going to be a long, long winter, gang...

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