The drum beat continues to get louder as we approach July 16 AKA THRONES DAY, which honestly can't arrive soon enough. This week has seen the release of several new season seven images from the HBO series, and today—the trailer:
I give this trailer a solid seven out of ten on the Westerosi scale of badassery considering how much more the show is capable of. But, for a first trailer, it's pretty good. It begins with Cersei in voice-over giving us her usual spiel about how the Lannisters are going to wipe out their enemies "to the east...to the west..." and so on. There's also a sweet floor map of Westeros we haven't seen.
One thing to note: Arya is shown when Cersei says "To the North..." One might expect Jon Snow to appear, or Sansa, but maybe Arya should be considered the biggest Northern threat to the Lannisters. Could the youngest Stark daughter be the one who murders Queen Cersei?
Cersei then continues, "We're the last Lannisters..." and, in voice-over against a shot of Tyrion on a cliff watching the dragons, "...The last ones who count."
Ouch, big burn on Tyrion, but I'm more interested in the fact she calls herself and Jaime "the last Lannisters." She seems resigned to her fate. The question is: Does Jaime feel the same way?
Next, the trailer switches in voice-over to Daenerys as she touches down at Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen in Westeros (previously occupied by Stannis Baratheon). Dragonstone lies just north of King's Landing so Dany and Cersei are now within miles of one another. Daenerys declares, "I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will."
We then travel to the North where Jon Snow is shown against last season's chant of "The King in the North!" Cut to Littlefinger in voice-over in Sansa's ear. "Your fathers and brothers are gone, yet here you stand—the last, best hope against the coming storm."
A major subplot for this year will be the Littlefinger/Sansa dynamic. He clearly wants to turn her against her bastard half-brother Jon Snow (who is really her cousin) and towards his side. Will Sansa stay strong and play Baelish against himself, or will she succumb to his con artistry? Later in the trailer, we see Jon throat-snatch Littlefinger and put him up against a wall so, clearly, the King in the North discovers something treacherous about the little guy.
Davos in voice-over, "If we don't put aside our enmities, we will die, and then it doesn't matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne." Davos sure knows some big words for someone who just learned how to read. "Enmities?"
The North knows what's coming so Davos' pragmatic thoughts regarding who rules Westeros is no surprise. Conflict is coming from all sides this season on Thrones and the battles will only escalate. The trailer ends with a quick montage showing a number of noteworthy things, here's a breakdown:
Theon watching something burn, maybe Yara?
Melisandre still looks forlorn. Has she landed back at Dragonstone, the place of her many machinations at the side of Stannis? She seems to be in a castle by the sea.
Daenerys and Tyrion at Dragonstone.
The Lannister army fighting the Unsullied in the streets of King's Landing.
Arya in the cold. I bet this is from the first episode as she camps on her way to Winterfell.
Jon and Tormund running from some shit. It looks like they're north of the Wall.
Arya peeking under a door.
The Mountain in new armor. Is it me, or does he look kind of sissy? Definitely designed by Cersei...
...I never thought of Dumb Donald as looking particularly badass, but okay.
A disgusting arm reaching from a cell. Septa Unella perhaps? Hopefully.
Dothraki blood riders gettin' some.
Grey Worm and Missandei gettin' some (finally).
Ellaria Sand gettin' some. Is that Sansa? Not bloody likely.
Jon Snow concludes the trailer, "The Great War is here." And we can see how large the dragons have become in the below wide shot of Dany's army. EW published some season seven photos yesterday previewing Drogon, and he is quite large to say the least.
Game of Thrones season seven debuts July 16. I will pray to all the Gods, the old and the new, and the Drowned God and the Lord of Light—make it come sooner.