As excited as we were about the new Game of Thrones season 7 trailer, you have to forgive us for being a bit confused. Thanks to the number of characters involved, there are lots of cuts of different battles all over Westeros which might flummox more casual viewers.
Luckily, we here at Geek Crusade like to do a bit of detective work now and again. So let’s start with the Starks in the north of Westeros.
1Sansa Stark and Littlefinger
The trailer opens with this super ominous quote from our favourite political backstabber, Petyr Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen):
“Don’t fight in the north, or the south. Fight every battle everywhere, always in your mind”
Remember, Littlefinger is more than a little fond of Sansa (Sophie Turner), and even came to Jon Snow’s help at the Battle of the Bastards after Sansa sent for him. This puts Sansa in a precarious position because it seems like Baelish is angling for her to become the Queen of the North, and who’s to say that he won’t marry her in the process so that he can gain power?
I see what you’re doing there, Baelish. But later on we hear a voiceover from Sansa that suggests that he might be in danger:
“When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”
And who else but Baelish is the loneliest of all those currently located in the North? Not Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who has finally acquired an army of Stark bannermen willing to fight for him. And not Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who is *this* close to being reunited with the last of his family. Speaking of which…
2Bran fulfills his destiny
The shot above was followed up immediately by one of Jon Snow bundled up in furs. But while it appears to show Jon beyond the wall, it doesn’t. See that one standing figure, and the other one lying prone on the floor? No way that’s Jon or any of his men: it’s actually Meera dragging Bran along with her. I can’t decide if this is deliberately misleading or just an oversight.
But it’s the other shot of Bran in the trailer that’s more interesting.
Bran’s now sitting in a wheelchair
fulfilling his destiny to become Professor X and seems to be controlling a flock of ravens in an attack against the White Walkers, but a glimpse of the Night King breaks him out of his reverie.
We also get a glimpse of the Three-Eyed Raven standing there, almost as if he’s watching over Bran. This is despite the fact that he died last season, so what gives? I suspect HBO is just going to wave their hands and give us some vague timey-wimey excuse, but to be honest, I don’t quite care. I just want to see more Bran.
3Another Stark reunion?
And that brings us to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who is only seen briefly on horseback with a wary expression on her face. The last we saw her, she’d killed Walder Frey and had joined up with the Brotherhood without Banners on their move up North.
It’s been a looooong time since Arya and Jon last saw each other, and if you cast your mind alllll the way back to Season 1, you’ll remember they were both very close and that Jon was the one who gifted Arya with Needle.
There’s evidence in the trailer that she does eventually meet up with Jon, but it’s only tangential because it’s wrapped up with another big plot point…
4Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword
Okay, so it’s not as cool as a lightsaber, but Beric Dondarrion’s (Richard Dormer) flaming sword might mean that he and the Brotherhood without Banners have managed to meet up with Jon Snow, encountering White Walkers along the way.
The flaming sword also brings to mind the whole “Lightbringer” thing that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) keeps talking about, but I’m not convinced. Lightbringer was the flaming sword that belonged to Azor Ahai, a great warrior who was prophesied to stop one of the biggest threats to Westeros. While Melisandre got involved with Stannis (Stephen Dillane) because she believed him to be Azor Ahai himself, fans have mostly theorised that it is Jon himself who is the likeliest candidate to fulfill this prophecy.
But also, flaming swords are still pretty cool.
5Meanwhile, at Casterly Rock…
Season 7 is also the first time we’ll get to see Casterly Rock, the Lannister seat of power. And while the crowd seems to be mostly happy, we also see Cersei brooding in the shadows once again.
Perhaps she’s worried about the forces advancing towards her, all bent on knocking her off the throne? Maybe she’s moved back to Casterly Rock where she knows she’ll be surrounded by people loyal to her.
But somehow, I don’t think that’ll be enough.
We also get a shot of all three of Danaerys’ dragons converging on Casterly Rock, and something tells me that they’re not there to make new friends.
There’s also shots of Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) leading the Unsullied in an attack on Casterly Rock, as well as a shot of Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) riding at full pelt through a field full of fire, so I think it’s safe to say that Cersei is going to be really pissed off for most of Season 7.
7But where is Daenerys?
In the meantime, judging from the shots of Danaerys in a room with a model of Westeros and striding purposefully across a beach, it seems she has reached Dragonstone. Seeing her in Stannis’s old war room in particular, just seems very poetic.
This is the first time she’s ever set foot onto Westeros, and from her body language it’s clear that she’s finally ready to take on Cersei.
8Who is Jon Snow talking to?
But the best snippet of all has to be this quote from Jon Snow, where it seems like he’s trying to talk someone over to his side:
“For centuries our families fought together against our common enemy. Despite their differences. Together. We need to do the same if we’re gonna survive. Because the enemy is real.”
But who could he be talking to? The likeliest candidate is Danaerys since there’s that bit about how they have a common enemy, but that doesn’t quite make sense since there’s been no mention of a Stark alliance with the Targaryens. And as for the Lannisters, well. Somehow I can’t see Cersei agreeing to a truce just to fight the White Walkers.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres exclusively on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601) on July 17 at 9am, with a same day primetime encore at 9pm. Tell us what you’re hoping to see in the new season!