It feels like forever since HBO juggernaut #GameOfThrones concluded its sixth season, leaving shocked fans around the world picking their jaws up off the floor. Here we are nearly a year later, eagerly awaiting the upcoming seventh season of the fantasy drama. And who can blame us? With Daenerys en route to Westeros and Cersei the reigning Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, we're dying to find to out what happens next. However, there is still no word from #HBO on when the seventh season will offically begin.
The premium cable service recently released the first poster for #GameOfThronesSeason7, and it's beautiful. While it seems fairly simple at first glance, the poster is full of symbolism — specifically the fact that fire and ice collide, clearly referring to Dany's impending arrival at Westeros.#WinterIsComing and the White Walkers are on their way, but Daenerys will be bringing the heat.
Check out the new Season 7 poster:
While the Season 7 poster is pretty awesome, Game Of Thrones has had its fair share of iconic posters in the past. Ho does the new one hold up in comparison? In true Westerosi fashion, the answer can only be revealed through battle. Let's take a look at all of the Thrones posters, ranking them in order from worst to best.
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7. Season 1
The first ever poster for Game Of Thrones featured Sean Bean's character Ned Stark sitting on the Iron Throne; as the main feature, Ned Stark (we assumed) would be safe from death. How wrong we were.
Stark was too good for the world of Westeros, and his failure to make it past the first season almost renders this poster unusuable. Even so, it's a great poster and it certainly set the scene for the fantasy drama and made us aware of the show's number one rule: all men must die.
6. Season 2
The second season's promotional poster is pretty cool too. While appearing to be rather basic in comparison to the previous poster, it's what's not said that's important. The hand reaching for the crown represents exactly what the HBO drama is about — a battle for power. Though subsequent posters have been better, the Season 2 one told so much with so little.
5. Season 4
After an incredible third season, fans of the show eagerly awaited the fourth season, and the poster didn't disappoint. This time, the focus was on the three-eyed raven, with what appear to be swords protruding from the bird's body. It seamlessly blends the show's fantastic elements with the gritty realism of battle, and, much like Season 4 itself, it didn't leave us disappointed.
4. Season 7
There's no doubt that Season 6 culminated with two of the greatest episodes in episodic television history, so the anticipation for Season 7 is off the chain. While giving absolutely nothing away, the brand new poster tells us so much with so little — a little like the Season 2 poster.
We know that the White Walkers are approaching, as are Dany and her dragons, so we're expecting a war like no other — Drogon will bring the heat to Westeros. Let's just hope the Season 7 is as hot as this poster — if it is, we're in for a great summer.
3. Season 3
The Season 3 poster has become incredibly iconic, and it's easy to see why — the dragons were no longer babies! There's something symbolic about the dragon shadow too — Season 3 is the season that Dany started becoming a leader, and a warrior this poster signified her growth as well as her pets'. It was definitely going to be hard for HBO to top this one ... but not impossible.
2. Season 6
Jon Snow's death at the end of Season 5 left us all devastated, and that's why his appearance on the Season 6 poster had such an impact us. However, HBO were incredibly clever in throwing us off the scent by using the faces of all of previously deceased characters, as well key figures who've survived this far.
This made it impossible to say if the show was predicting Snow's resurrection or if he was just another lost soul in the Hall of Faces. It was a genius idea, aand it was nice to see all of our favorite characters' faces on a poster for once.
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1. Season 5
After Tyrion murdered Tywin in the fourth season, the youngest Lannister fled Kings Landing and sailed across The Narrow Sea. However, we didn't need to wait for new episodes to know this, because the poster did all the talking for us.
And what a poster it was — Tyrion encountering a dragon was set to change the dynamic of the show forever, and we knew that the show's two greatest characters were destined to meet. The bar for Season 5 was set incredibly high.
Game Of Thrones returns to HBO later this year.
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