HBO released a new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7 on Wednesday, and it looks like it will pick up right after last season’s literally explosive finale. Cersei’s still wearing her incredible Rhythm Nation–inspired war dress, Littlefinger still looks like he should be arrested for a sex crime … but Dany’s finally on Targaryen turf. While I’m not going to say “winter is here” until I see the Night King marauding through the Red Keep chugging Lannister blood, to borrow a horrible trend word from the last time Game of Thrones was on the air, it’s definitely getting hygge in Westeros.
As usual, HBO is keeping things obscure with quick cuts and mostly undeterminable shots, so the trailer raises many important questions, including:
How long will Dany stay at Dragonstone?
She looks pretty comfortable sitting on her ancestral non-sword-based throne, and it’s clear that she will spend at least some time at Dragonstone this season. But is it a one-episode pit-stop on the way to King’s Landing? Or will Dany swing north and hook up with Jon Snow before attempting to take on the Lannisters?
Did Cersei redecorate King’s Landing, or is this a battle at Casterly Rock?
Cersei doesn’t exactly seem like the type to shy away from putting her own home-décor stamp on King’s Landing, but considering she kept up with the charade that her children were Baratheons for so long, it’s likely this battle takes place at Casterly Rock, the Lannister stronghold.
Do Jaime and Cersei think Tyrion is dead?
Cersei proclaims herself and Jaime the last Lannisters who matter, which could simply be a burn about how much she hates Tyrion. Then again, she’s never thought much of her baby brother, so she may not believe he could survive rogue for so long. Perhaps she assumes Tyrion is dead, and she’s just trash-talking the Lannister leftovers at large.
Who trims Cersei’s bangs?
That Caesar looks like it requires regular maintenance.
Will Jon Snow choke Littlefinger to death?
I hope so. Petyr Baelish’s amoral antics are enjoyably conniving, but if this season opened with Jon Snow abruptly and casually murdering him I would be fine with it. Go back to Baltimore, you fool! There are still too many characters on this show!!!
If he and Meera are still way up north talking to trees I’m going to scream.
Where are Jorah Mormont and Samwell Tarly?
Two fan favorites are conspicuously absent from the trailer. Samwell is likely off with his nose in a fat tome at the Citadel, but I hope this doesn’t mean that’s where he’ll stay for most of the season. And the last time we saw Jorah Mormont he was ignoring a serious medical condition, so I can only hope he found the one greyscale practitioner in Essos who accepts traitor’s insurance.
Whose nasty-ass arm is this?
It better not be Jorah’s. Oh god, it’s probably Jorah’s.
Who is kissing?!?????
Based on careful consideration of this screenshot, it looks like Ellaria Sand on the right and Yara Greyjoy on the left. A little surprising, considering that Yara and Daenerys had some palpable sexual tension in their scene last season, but even though this isn’t the Sapphic hookup I thought I wanted, it might be exactly the one I need.
Is Ser Pounce dead?
I don’t really want to know the answer to this one.
Will Cersei make it to Season 8?
I can’t even talk about what might happen to Jaime because I’m still holding out hope that he and Brienne are going to ride off into the sunset together, so let’s table talk of the one-handed Lannister for a minute and address the show’s greatest living villain. We see Dany and Tyrion standing over one of those elaborate war-chess strategy boards the people on this show like so much, and then later we see a hand knocking a lion chess piece down. The trailer barely hints at the terror taking place north of the Wall, which makes sense, since the show was always going to save the battle against the White Walkers until the end. It certainly seems like Season 7 is going to be the Battle of the Blondes. In fact, it’s almost too certain. Game of Thrones has delighted in toppling audience expectations, and having Dany defeat Cersei only to realize the biggest threat lies beyond the Wall would be too obvious … right? Or is Cersei dragon-roasted toast?
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