ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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(Warning: The following contains dense, emotionally engaging back-story for HBO's Game of Thrones - and a possible future plot SPOILER or two. Proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood Three-Eyed Raven suggests to you is wise...)

Now, winter may have already come to #GameOfThrones, but that doesn't mean that the worst is over for the ever beleaguered heroes and villains of #HBO's premier incest and dragons-themed drama. After all, war is brewing - and not only the one between #Daenerys Stormborn and the ruling forces of #Westeros. Another, more ancient conflict is set to be reignited in next year's Season 7, and it might yet prove far more deadly than any Targaryen dragon.

The White Walkers, y'see, may well seem to be a fairly new threat to Westeros, but as we discovered in Season 6, they are in fact very much the byproduct of a conflict from Westerosi pre-history, one fought between the First Men and the Children of the Forest. And now, thanks to Game of Thrones Season 6's DVD release, we can finally take a closer look at exactly how that age-old war played out... and what it might yet mean for Westeros' future. Indeed:

It Seems That This New Game of Thrones Video Reveals The Roots Of Westeros' Impending Doom

[Game of Thrones/HBO]
[Game of Thrones/HBO]

Or, at least, that's what's headed the Seven Kingdoms' way if Jon Snow doesn't have a say about it. After all, as the video - the first of the Season 6 box set's eighteen Histories and Lore bonus features - makes clear, this battle is an old one, and not one that the human denizens of Westeros can necessarily win alone. Plus, to make the whole thing even more atmospheric, it's narrated by everyone's favorite Three-Eyed Raven, Max von Sydow, which is rather neat:

Now, that's pretty darned chilling all by itself, but if you want to get really excited/concerned about what we're going to see in the upcoming Season 7, just wait till you see the other scene-setting videos that the Season 6 DVD boxset is hiding. After all, its release on November 15 is set to include animated tales detailing a whole lot of key Westerosi history, including:

  • The Old Way, narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • The Kingsmoot, narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • The Sunset Sea, narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
  • War of the Ninepenny Kings, narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)
  • The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
  • Robert’s Rebellion, narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
  • Vaes Dothrak, narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
  • The Dothraki, narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
  • Northern Allegiances to House Stark, narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
  • Brotherhood Without Banners, narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)
  • Oldtown, narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
  • House Dayne, narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)
  • The Little Birds, narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
  • Knights of the Vale, narrated by Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
  • House Tarly, narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)
  • Riverrun, narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell)
  • Great Sept of Baelor, narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)

All of which sounds rather like a binge watching session just waiting to happen to me. Our watch, it seems, may have only just begun...

What do you reckon, though? What do you think the old conflict between the First Men and the Children of the Forest means for Season 7? Let us know below!

[IGN]