With the new season less than one month away, HBO released a second trailer (yes, I dropped the ball on the first one) for the 7th season of Game of Thrones on Wednesday.
First, take a look at the trailer. Then, read my observations that follow.
(This should go without saying, but if you are a “zero spoiler of any kind at all person,” then stop reading)
1. War is Everywhere
There are at least four battles going on in the trailer:
-King’s Landing, where the unsullied appear to be invading the city.
-The Dothraki (I think) are plowing into Lannister shields. Also, there is another shot of the Dothraki riding with a dragon flying just above them in the same direction.
-Also, Jamie is seen both directing archers in battle and riding a horse full speed on a burning (dragonfire???!!!) battlefield.
-Fighting on the seas (could be Theon’s uncle Euron?).
-Beyond the wall, where Jon Snow and several wildlings are fighting something (there is an image of a Wildling and a Whitewalker fighting, but we can’t really tell who Jon’s crew is fighting here).
2. Daenerys Establishes Herself on Dragonstone.
Much like the first trailer, Daenerys is seen on Dragonstone, the longtime seat of the heir to the Targaryen throne numerous times.
3. Jon Will Meet with Daenarys.
Several leaked photos have confirmed this, but there are two pieces of evidence in the trailer of this inevitable meeting:
First, there’s a quote from Jon saying “For centuries, our families fought together against a common enemy.”
That’s not the whole quote, but the gist of it seems clear that Jon wants everyone in Westeros to come together and prepare to fight the Whitewalkers. And considering he took the seat of Winterfell without Cersei’s approval, I doubt it’s her.
Second, there’s a shot of Jon Snow and Davos somewhere with the sun shining. Now, when did we last see Jon Snow and the sun in the same shot? Have we ever seen Jon Snow and the sun coexisting in the same scene before? Clearly, he’s not in the north. So I’m guessing he’s on his way or has already spoken with the Mother of Dragons.
4. Euron is Heading to King’s Landing.
It can be easy to forget that Euron Greyjoy (known in the books as the Crow’s Eye) had taken over leadership on the Iron islands, was building a fleet of ships, and meant to find Theon and Yara and murder them.
Well, in the trailer, we see a large fleet of ships with the Greyjoy sigil on them. And the Red Keep in the background indicates those ships are heading towards King’s Landing.
5. Jon Snow would be wise to be wary of Sansa.
Quotes involving Sansa both start and end the trailer. The first is Littlefinger (we don’t know for certain who he’s talking to, but come on, who else could it be?) saying to “fight every battle in your mind.”
The second quote is Sansa herself speaking of “the lone wolf” dying.
Now, it’s hard to give any meaning to the 2nd quote without the context of when it was said or who it was said to. But I don’t expect Sansa to stay content playing second fiddle to her brother/cousin. And Littlefinger will be there to make sure she doesn’t.
-The 2nd trailer featured very little of Cersei, the prominent figure in the first trailer. She opens that one describing how she means to fight everyone circling around her.
-Not that it’s anything new, but every shot of Arya in both trailers show the young assassin alone.
-There were also brief shots of the Hound, Beric Donadarion handling a flaming sword, and Missandei kissing Greyworm (how does that even work when an Unsullied’s involved?).
The seventh season begins July 16th. And in case you missed it, here’s that first trailer I didn’t review because, well, I’m just horrible.