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The obvious and beyond: A fanatic analysis of the Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

HBO has released the first full trailer for Game of Thrones’ 7th season and there’s so much to unpack. Teasing “a great war,” the trailer begins with Cersei’s voice speaking of enemies coming from everywhere. It’s funny how she thinks it’s her show, right? Well in a way, she’s made it so. But it looks like season has something else planned. Here are our fanatic trailer notes, hopes and dreams.

Cersei in the Red Keep

Remember her walk of “Shame!”? She had to endure that to get to this place, and now she’s fighting to stay. Not that her road to the Iron Throne has been in any way pure or a well-deserved symbol of redemption. Cersei’s done some nasty things. Can’t blame her. She’s a power hungry woman, who’s had to watch her underage children get on that throne before her. However twisted the idea of envying one’s children is, it’s not a far-fetched one for Cersei. She’s cray. Still, since there are no villains in Game of Thrones, only people with motives, we revel in her possibly short-lived vindication.

Jamie Lannister’s face

Yep, this one isn’t happy AT ALL. He’s lost all of his three children, and seems to be the only one really mourning them. In season 6, he’s returned to King’s Landing to find Cersei sitting on the Iron Throne, looking all smug. No words were exchanged yet, and we can’t imagine how the encounter, which we’ll probably see soon enough, could go well. Let’s not forget that he’s once forged meaningful friendships with people Cersei is not particularly fond of. There’s Brienne of Tarth, Stark sympathizer, loyal to Catelyn and Sansa. There’s Tyrion, his brother, whom he helped escape from Red Keep. And then there’s Bronn, who championed Tyrion in trial by combat. By the looks of it, either there’s going to be a betrayal, or there’s going to be a betrayal.

Daenerys claims Dragonstone

With the seat at King’s Landing already taken, Daenerys takes hers at Dragonstone, the original Targaryen home. She has an army of Dothraki and Unsullied, not to mention Tyrion, the Iron Fleet, and the Dornish navy, thanks to Varys and Ellaria Sand. Her arsenal is pretty loaded, except she’s been isolated from the rest of the war for such a long time, she probably has no idea who or what she’s about to deal with, save for what her companions tell her.

Jon Snow choking Littlefinger

That blur is Jon Snow, attacking sneaky, sneaky Littlefinger. Petyr Baelish has been bad, whispering nonsense into Sansa’s ears about how she’s the rightful heir to the throne. The thing is, if Jon and only Jon does win the Great War, he’ll probably hand it over to Sansa, no problem. He doesn’t want to be king anyway, although of all the contenders, he’s actually the best option, based on previous deeds alone. Baelish has it coming and we’re keen on finding out exactly what he did to be on the receiving end of Jon Snow’s wrath.

Arya is alone and Sansa seems lonely

Arya and Sansa: that would be a reunion for the ages, and Arya is probably the only one who could knock some sense into her big sis — that is, assuming she’s been listening to Baelish at all. It looks like she’s struggling and Arya might be the one to help her channel her rage. When Cersei says, “Enemies to the North,” the scene cuts to Arya riding a horse, not Jon Snow. You know who’s left on Arya’s kill list? Cersei and The Mountain. We’re hoping for a Clegane-Arya duel, because that would be symbolic AF. Anything can happen, right?

Theon with flames behind him

You know who else has famously had flames behind them? Every other fictional hero ever conceived. This could mean something, or it could mean nothing at all. But it’s notable how different Theon seems in the trailer, looking like he’s completely abandoned Reek. He’s done his fair share of atrocities, but if there’s one person in the GoT universe that deserves a second chance, it’s probably him. (Shh, we don’t want George R.R. Martin catching a whiff of that or he’s a goner.) Go kill someone who deserves it, Theon — or die trying.

Davos’ mystery speech

“If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together, we will die.” Who is he talking to? Is it one person, or the whole of Castle Black or Winterfell? Davos has had his heart broken too many times, but it’s always been in the right place. Why won’t anybody listen to him, dammit?

Where in the world is Bran Stark?

Glaringly missing from the trailer is the supposedly all-powerful Bran. He was absent in season 5 because he was “training” under the Three-Eyed Raven. In season 6, he is the Three-Eyed Raven and he no longer knows nothing: in his visions, he sees the events that took place in the Tower of Joy, and how the Children of the Forest created the first White Walker. He also sees Uncle Benjen in real life. But what’s the point of all this knowledge with nobody to share it with? Bran has some catching up to do and we’re curious to see who he encounters first. Probably Arya, who’s appears to be hanging around in the woods most of the time, anyway.

Plans. Plans. Plans.

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Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres on July 16 on HBO.

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