A Great War is coming.
I’m not even going to waste any more of your time. Just watch it now and then come back for a chat, OK?
Season 6 ended with major contenders for the Iron Throne all making their ways to King’s Landing for the ultimate showdown.
The new trailer picks up right where season six left off, with Cersei (Lena Headey) saying “Enemies to the east. Enemies to the west. Enemies to the south. Enemies to the north” as we see shots of the various factions.
From the east comes an army of Dothraki and liberated slaves led by Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), from the west, the Greyjoys led by Euron (Pilou Asbæk), from the south, the Martells who have aligned with Oleanna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) and from the north, the Starks led by Jon Snow (Kit Harrington).
They are coming at Cersei from all sides, but she seems unfazed. “Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it,” she says, as we see a troop of soldiers marching under the Lannisters’ Lion banners.
Next, we see a pretty damn huge dragon and a shot of Daenerys chilling at Dragonstone, which was formerly the seat of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), who himself once had a serious shot at the Iron Throne. Unfortunately, Stannis fell under the power of the Red Woman (Carice van Houten), sacrificed his own daughter and was apparently killed in battle. Such is life in Westeros.
It’s time to check in with Jon, so we see a shot of him in Winterfell in that same room full of old men he’s been in for about a year now. “The King in the NORF!” they shout yet again.
Absent from the new trailer is the Night King, but he did make an appearance in a teeny tiny teaser on Twitter yesterday so that’s OK.
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Meanwhile, Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) is doing his creepy whisper talk thing to Sansa (Sophie Turner), saying ““Your father and brothers are gone, yet here you stand. The last best hope against the coming storm.” We all know that Littlefinger is the biggest social climber in the show so he is probably pinning his hopes on Sansa ousting Jon in the north. Not likely.
We also see that the Red Woman is at Dragonstone. Has she joined Daenerys? If so, that would be the third leader she has backed so far (first Stannis, then briefly Jon – who she resurrected – and now Dany). It seems like the Lord of Light is either a sham or super indecisive.
After a brief shot of the Wall opening and some Wildlings running away, we see Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) who I guess will reunite with Jon, although with Arya it is always hard to tell. She’s had an odd storyline, particularly in her time with the Faceless Men.
Over some assorted battle shots, Davos (Lian Cunningham) tells someone “If we don’t put aside our enemies and band together, we will die,” he says. “And then it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.” Although it’s unclear who Davos is talking to here, if it is Dany it means the Jon-Dany alliance could be a thing. (I’ve already predicted that the show will end with them co-ruling).
On Tuesday, Nikolaj Coster-Waldua, who plays Jaime Lannister, told Entertainment Weekly that fans should brace themselves because this season will be fast ride.
“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” Coster-Waldau said. “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”
We get a taste of what he is talking about at the end of the trailer as we see some fast cuts of plotting, fighting, kissing, running and to top it all off one last shot of that massive dragon.
Wow, I can’t wait.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16th.