Winter is finally here!
After much anticipation, HBO’s fantasy drama television series ‘Game of Thrones’ finally comes back July 16 after production delays.
Those that tune in know that ‘Thrones’ seasons typically roll out during the month of April.
However, this season will take place during winter in Westeros and producers thought it be best to postpone shooting in order to use the cold and frigid weather to better capture the scenery.
So, one can expect to see nothing but cloudy skies and snow (get it?). This season also differs from past seasons in number of episodes.
Season 7 will only have seven episodes instead of its usual ten but apparently the episodes will run longer.
In the season six finale, a lot of shit went down. The closing scene shows us Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), her new appointed Hand, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and her legion of followers, along with her military, riding on ships en route to Westeros.
The scene ends with Daenerys’ dragons (yes, there are dragons in this show if you’ve been living under a rock) flying over them.
So far, fans have been treated to only two trailers for the new season but within these trailers, a lot of content has been spoiled. Here is what I consider the top five things that stood out from these teasers. Again, SPOILER ALERT.
From what we have seen in the first trailer, Queen Daenerys makes it safely to Dragonstone, her birthplace, which plays a huge significance due to the fact that she hasn’t touched Westeros soil since she was born.
It’s also very close to King’s Landing, which is where Queen Cercei (Lena Headey) resides. We also get a glimpse of Daenerys’ army, the Unsullied, sacking land owned by the Lannisters.
A lot of theorists believe that this land may be Casterly Rock, which means that the Lannisters’ home city has been left undefended or has a small army guarding it. The reason why all of this is so important is because this is what the majority of the season, let alone the entire show, has been leading up to.
Daenerys has pledged to conquer any enemy that stands in her way of the Iron Throne and ruling Westeros. It’s what she was born to do. In her words, she is meant “to rule the seven kingdoms.” This is the first step.
Jon Snow vs. The White Walkers?
In the second trailer, we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and a few other men, including Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), in a dangerous predicament.
They seem to be north of the Wall, which means that they are in White Walker territory. Just as a quick summary, White Walkers are humanoid ice creatures that possess otherworldly abilities.
They are known as the Others and they have an army made up of zombies. These zombies are meant to withstand frigid temperatures and pose a threat to all those that are living behind the wall.
There are four main Walkers but one is considered to be the ‘Night King.’ If a human dies, the Night King is able to resurrect the body and use it as one of his soldiers. In the same scene, Lord Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) is seen carrying a flaming sword (which is badass tbh). However, what does this mean?
There is a lot of fighting going on between men but the greatest threat that everyone has to worry about is the White Walkers, especially since they are making their way towards Westeros, and are also increasing soldiers for their army.
The reason why Jon Snow and company are in this situation cannot be easily explained but if one were to make an educated guess, it seems as though they are trying to use Lord Beric, who is the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, as a secret weapon. Why? Because he is thought to be the chosen one that will aid in destroying “the Others.”
I haven’t read the books myself but there is a term that is thrown a lot when it comes to this character. For those die hard fans that know their sh*t, he is thought to be the Azor Ahai.
One reason behind this theory is because Azor Ahai possesses a flaming sword, similar to the one Beric is holding. It is believed that he will attempt to defeat the army of the dead.
Daenerys and Cersei battling
In the second trailer, we get a glimpse into what seems to be the great battle that we have been waiting for: Queen Daenerys’ Unsullied vs Queen Cersei’s army. What makes this scene great is that the Unsullied seem to have the upper advantage all due to one crucial factor: dragons.
This scene also shows Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) riding through the carnage. We have seen Jaime go through a lot of character development through the show, especially after his journey with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).
However, as a Lannister, he fights for his house, even though at times, we’ve sympathized with his character. I know I have.
Also, he loves Cersei and will do anything for her, especially since she is now Queen. Then again, they are siblings. So there’s that.
What about Tyrion?
The next thing that should be taken into consideration isn’t actually in the trailers. We only get glimpses of Tyrion Lannister, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, but we don’t get much screen time of him. We know that he is the right hand of Queen Daenerys but the trailers don’t show enough to figure out what exactly he will do.
However, his absence in the trailers only builds more suspense and speculation. I imagine there will be at least one or two more trailers days before the season premiere that will give us a more in depth look into Tyrion and what he will bring to the table.
There have been leaked set photos popping up online where Tyrion and Jon meet with one another. One assumption is that Jon is meeting with Tyrion to ask for help in fighting the White Walkers. Soon, Jon and Daenerys will finally meet one another, which is going to be completely insane.
Will House Stark survive?
The last thing I find interesting is at the end of the second trailer. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) gives a line that doesn’t seem to give the viewers much hope about the future of one of the Stark members.
She says, “When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” As soon as the line ends, we get a shot of Jon Snow as he is looking at the horizon, which is surrounded by the army of the dead. We also see that a single horse is running away with someone on top of it.
It looks as though that scene occurs during the fight against the zombies. However, the body seems to be lifeless.
We’re left to wonder if that body might be Jon Snow’s.
Can’t wait for season 7 to begin so we can stop trying to decipher trailers and actually watch what goes down.