I was forced to take a break from here for a while and during that time a lot has occurred regarding season 7. I’m sure there have been countless posts breaking down the first official Game of Thrones trailer, but I hope you can stand one more. With that said, I’m going to approach it a little different by listing things I found most exciting or interesting in the trailer and the photos that have been released, while offering some insight and predictions along the way.
To begin with I thought the trailer was exceptional. It didn’t give too much away and the things that were divulged only served to cause me more anticipation and excitement… if that’s even possible. I’ll touch on those things later. I also liked how it expanded on the concept of our three rulers: Cersei, Dany and Jon, splitting the first half of the trailer into three parts representing each one complete with their own musical accompaniment. We have three seats of power remaining (The Red Keep, Dragonstone, and Winterfell) and it does a good job of illustrating that.
Also, these three seats seem to be where the majority of our characters will eventually end up. For example, if you look closely at both the trailer and newly released pics, you can see Brienne, Pod, and Bronze Yohn Royce inside Winterfell. And if Royce is there that leads me to believe Sweet Robin is too. Let the Littlefinger scheming begin. But I’ll get a bit more into this later.
MELISANDRE AND DRAGONSTONE
This one surprised me because I never expected Mel to make it that far south. In retrospect, it does make sense that she’d attempt to ally herself with Dany who is of course our symbolic fire incarnate. And of course this will make things very interesting when she comes face to face with Jon and Davos again, which I find likely since we know both characters will also be at Dragonstone. Varys also has a deep hatred towards the religion of R’hillor which he’s talked about since season 2. Will his storyline clash with Mel?
We’ve never really gotten any good views of the exterior of Dragonstone so I really enjoyed the little we did get. I also have to admit I was pumped to see Dany finally setting foot on Westerosi soil and entering the castle of her ancestors.
THE IRONBORN ATTACK
I thought there was a high likelihood that Dany’s fleet would come under attack by Euron and The Ironborn and I believe this trailer confirmed that. Shots of a burning boat, people falling beneath water with what appears to be flames above them, and Theon looking typically terrified while ashes fall around him, all seem to be likely indicators of this event.
I’m hoping this event occurs for two major reasons: first, we’ve yet to get a true battle at sea since I think Blackwater was much more a siege than anything. The other reason is that Dany has lived a relatively charmed life in recent seasons. Even when she finds herself in trouble, there never seems to be any real threat to her safety. I believe the show has to remedy this and this would be a good start. Not to mention we need to see Euron step up his game and become the villain book readers know him to be.
This attack will strike a blow to Dany as I believe Euron will take important captives including Yara and a sandsnake or two. Theon’s look of fear I believe will come from him debating on whether to jump into the fray and fight or stand aside doing nothing while his sister is taken hostage.
CERSEI AND JAIME
Of course the trailer begins with Cersei sporting some heavy garb indicating it’s getting cold down in King’s Landing. Her voice over states the obvious: she is completely surrounded by enemies. However, in typical Cersei fashion she declares they’ll defeat everyone and anyone if need be, although Jaime doesn’t look entirely convinced. Her angry glare as seen above I believe to be directed at Euron Greyjoy. These two are essentially without any allies so it only makes sense they’d team up. And her angry glare might be a reaction to Euron informing her of Dany’s arrival in Westeros.
I believe Euron will offer Cersei the hostages he captured attacking Dany’s fleet as a token of good will. As far as Jaime we don’t get much. The one thing that stands out is he’s wearing Widow’s Wail as seen above. This of course was Joffrey’s sword and one of the only Valerian steel swords in existence. It might be sweet irony if Jaime were to kill Cersei using that sword, although I don’t see that happening this season. One other detail is the seven pointed star that had always been above the Iron Throne has been replaced with the Lannister lion. Cersei is always so subtle.
So I doubt it’s much of a revelation at this point that the location being attacked by The Unsullied seems to be none other than the infamous Casterly Rock. Earlier in the trailer we see what seems to be a significantly large Lannister army marching somewhere. My guess is either to or from Highgarden to finish off House Tyrell. I think this fits perfectly with Cersei’s thinking, or lack there of. And I think this plays a major part of how the Unsullied were able to attack Casterly Rock. Stick with me.
The final shot of the trailer is a truly amazing one as a seemingly endless sea of men on horseback charge at us with Drogon soaring above them. These are obviously Dany’s Dothraki and possibly some Second Sons attacking someone, and I believe that someone to be the Lannister army I mentioned earlier. This could be part of well coordinated attacks where the Dothraki attack the Lannister soldiers on the march, while the Unsullied, knowing Casterly Rock to be poorly guarded at the time, are able to seize the opportunity and sack it. It’s also possible what they’re sacking is Lannisport but I’m hoping we finally get to see The Rock and in such dramatic fashion.
This raises an interesting scenario. Back in season 3 Tywin explains to Cersei that the gold mines beneath Casterly Rock have been exhausted and the Lannisters are essentially broke. If Dany discovers this it could strike quite a blow to Cersei who’s able to continuously maintain a strong army due to their suspected wealth.
There’s one other thing I’d like to touch on here. If you look closely at one of the shots you’ll see Tarly men getting slaughtered during this attack. That leads me to wonder about who’s leading this Lannister force. My first thought is of course Jaime, but it’s possible Cersei will want to keep him in the capital. So I think father of the year, Randyll Tarly will be there in some sort of leadership position even if Jaime does go. This will be cool since we constantly hear about what an amazing soldier he is.
THE GREAT WAR
Once we hit the halfway mark in the trailer we’re reminded of the threat beyond on The Wall… for now. Although the trailer doesn’t show us much I think combined with many of the released photos we can start to form some theories.
We’ve seen photos of Beric Dondarrion and Sandor in some serious winter conditions; seemingly more severe than the conditions we see Arya in during the trailer. This leads me to believe the Brotherhood and Sandor have made it North as they said they would, intent on fighting the White Walkers. If they stop at Winterfell, which seems highly likely, this would make things quite interesting for The Hound who will have two reunions of different types. The first with Sansa, which could be interesting for a variety of reasons. The other with Brienne who nearly killed him last they met. If Sandor gets out of hand will Tormund jump in to defend his lady’s honor?
While all that’s fun to speculate on it’s this group of men here that I believe is truly exciting. Now they could just be random people facing off against The Walkers but I don’t think so. Since we see Jon and Tormund running for dear life later in the trailer, I believe this ring of men includes Jon, Tormund, Beric, Thoros and Sandor. Others could include Edd, Gendry, Brienne and my Uncle Benjen. What’s so cool about this you ask? It’s a super team of fan favorites uniting to fight together. This is a rare occurrence on GOT. It’s like the Avengers assembling for battle. Unfortunately, chances are they won’t all make it out alive.
Sam and Jorah
I don’t think there’s any doubt this hand belongs to Jorah Mormont. I’m fairly certain he’ll wind up at the Citadel searching for a cure for his greyscale and cross paths with Sam. It may be Sam’s discovery of dragon glass at Dragonstone that lead the two to Dany.
Jon and Littlefinger
The shot of Jon slamming Littlefinger against the wall by his neck is interesting for two reasons: first it occurs right by the statue of Jon’s mother, Lyanna, causing me to wonder if it’s Littlefinger who ends up revealing Jon’s true parentage to him. Think about it. Bailish wants Jon out of the picture and revealing he’s not Ned’s son and part Targaryen would go a long way to achieving that. Secondly, it almost mirrors exactly what Ned did to Petyr early in season one.
As I said before I was thoroughly impressed with this trailer and am counting down the days until the premiere. The final two episodes will run 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively. I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be “LENGEN …wait for it… DARY”.
As always, thanks for reading my gibberish and feedback is always welcome.