Winter is here… almost.
The seventh (and unfortunately the second-to-last) season of “Game of Thrones” is less than a month away and if its latest trailer is any indication, it is going to make good on Ned Stark’s biggest promise, as winter is finally going to come to Westeros.
HBO unveiled a two-minute trailer teasing epic battles, a lot of bloodshed, some long-awaited family reunions, fire-breathing dragons and, last but not the least, an army of white walkers marching toward the Wall.
The clip, posted above, opened with Sansa Stark, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister among a few other residents of Westeros seemingly getting ready for the battles that are undoubtedly coming their way.
“Don't fight in the North or the South. Fight every battle everywhere, always… in your mind,” Little Finger intoned in the background.
Here are a few other important things we learned from the epic trailer:
1. Don’t mess with Sansa
Jon Snow may have won the Battle of Bastards and been crowned the King in the North by other houses, but his half-sister (technically, first cousin) Sansa is the one who actually saved the day.
The trailer showed Sansa walking away from Winterfell's snowy Godswood, looking a little aggravated. It is pretty clear that Petyr Baelish is trying to influence her to go against Jon. However, if we have learned anything from the last season, Sansa is not the same girl who rode into the King’s Landing all wide-eyed and dreaming of a future as Joffrey Baratheon’s bride.
She has suffered through enough cruelty, violence and mind games to fall for Little Finger’s unneeded counsel, but what if she does decide to take a stand against Jon?
2. Trip beyond the Wall
This is not the first time Jon’s trip beyond the Wall has been teased, but this time around, there’s much more to dissect than what the previous trailers allowed.
The new footage included a clip of Sandor Clegane wearing what looks like the thick furs of the Wildlings.
Another shot — and perhaps the most important one — featured Brotherhood Without Banners leader Beric Dondarrion, a follower of the Lord of Light who has been resurrected by Thoros of Myr and Red God magic multiple times, wielding a blazing sword.
He also seems to be dressed in attire similar to the Hound, indicating he could be facing off against the white walkers.
However, it is unclear if they are part of the group Jon takes beyond the Wall.
3. New Alliances, Old Enemies
Daenerys is at Dragonstone, tearing down the Baratheon banners and getting ready for the bloodshed that is bound to take place while her mammoth dragons fly toward what used to be the original seat of House Targaryen in Westeros.
“For centuries our families fought together, against their common enemy,” Jon Snow can be heard in the background. “Despite their differences, together. We need to do the same if we’re gonna survive.”
It could be a part from Jon and Dany’s first meeting, but he could also be saying that to the houses of the North or even the Wildlings dwelling beyond the Wall.
Another shot showed Geryworm in front of a rock formation with a small crevice. This could be Casterly Rock, the ancestral home of House Lannister set to make its debut this season. It won’t be shocking if Tyrion Lannister, who was put in charge of the drainage systems of the castle by Tywin Lannister, helps the Unsullied break into the labyrinth of corridors and open the gates from the inside — as is shown in the trailer.
Another clip showed an angry looking Jaime Lannister riding away from a flaming battlefield, presumably the courtesy of Dany’s dragons.
Other important tidbits included: a shot of Brienne and Podrick, Bran Stark sitting in front of the weirwood tree where Night’s Watch members took their oaths back in season one, Greyjoy ships sailing toward King’s Landing, a horrified-looking Yara and Theon Grejoy, Hellfire raining down on battleships, Tyrion looking worried and Jon arriving at Dragonstone.
The trailer ended with Sansa ominously narrating the verse Ned said to Arya Stark in the books.
“When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies... but the pack survives.”
The new season begins July 16 on HBO.
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