The dragon has three heads — just not the heads we were expecting. HBO just dropped the first official promo video for #GameOfThrones Season 7, and boy is it a good one. While we were all arguing about who was going to be the third head of the dragon — Tyrion or Bran or Meera Reed (LOL) — Cersei Lannister casually blew up King's Landing and seized the Iron Throne for herself. Cersei, Daenerys and Jon Snow are now clearly the three biggest players in the Game of Thrones, each with a solid claim to power. But we all know what happens when you play that game...
If you haven't seen it yet, watch the first official promo for 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 right now.
Let's take a closer look at everything going on in the promo and see what juicy deets we can deduce about the upcoming season.
Daenerys At Dragonstone
She's finally made it to Westeros, more or less. The trailer shows Daenerys sitting on the throne at Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen. #Dragonstone was an integral part of the Targaryen conquest of Westeros, as it's the largest surviving freehold from Old Valyria. It's important to note, however, that it's not actually in Westeros proper. It's a fortress on an island far enough away from King's Landing that Daenerys should be reasonably safe from Cersei for much of Season 7, provided she stays put for a little while to gather her strength.
For the first time, we see Daenerys dressed warmly and appropriately for the chilly — and getting chillier — climate of Westeros. Also, for the first time, she's sporting red and black, the colors of House Targaryen, along with a tasteful three-headed dragon brooch. This subtle shift shows her invoking her Targaryen heritage as her claim to power. Like Cersei, her body language is calm and confident, with a slight smirk on her face as she ascends the Stone Throne.
Jon Snow, The King In the North
As the newly crowned King in the North makes the long walk to his throne, we see him passing through the crypts of Winterfell. While we've already learned the secret of Jon's real parentage, he himself remains oblivious to who his mother and father really are. If Bran isn't able to reach him to tell him the truth in time, the answer is lying down there in the crypts. Is this long walk of his hinting at the fact that he will finally learn his true identity in Season 7?
It's no accident that Jon Snow is the only one who isn't smiling. Between the three of them, he has no idea how valid his claim to the throne actually is. A bastard doesn't have the same confidence and security in his position as two noblewomen, born to be queens. In addition, he's the only one who's faced the Night King. He knows that being the ruler of a kingdom on the brink of the greatest war in history is not an enviable job.
Also unlike the two queens in the clip, Jon Snow's throne isn't a traditional one. It's simply the head seat in the Great Hall of Winterfell — Ned Stark's old seat — where he was named King in the North in the finale of Season 6. There hasn't been a king seated there for thousands of years (for the painfully short time that Robb Stark held that title, he was away at war). Wrapped in a white direwolf fur (probs not Ghost, don't worry), Jon Snow is clearly embracing his title as the White Wolf, King in the North. Is this the beginning of a new Stark dynasty?
Cersei On The Iron Throne
Cersei radiates confidence as she strolls to the Iron Throne. Like Daenerys, she can't help but smile as she walks through the Red Keep. And really, why wouldn't she be smiling? The windows of the Great Hall are adorned with Lannister Lions, indicating that the reign of the Baratheons and the faux-Baratheon bastards is officially at an end. And now, as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei is the de facto head of House Lannister, too.
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Her black gown has military-style embellishments like the dresses she wore during the incineration of the Sept and her coronation, but it's even more ornate and dazzling. Someone is clearly reveling in the luxury that goes along with being the undisputed ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. But she won't be undisputed for long...
The Night King Is Coming
It's not an accident that Cersei is the one that exhales with the icy breath of a White Walker, but just what exactly is it supposed to mean? The simplest explanation is that it's a sign of her imminent demise and that she'll likely be the first to go. But on the other hand, starved for allies and in desperate need of bolstering her claim to the throne, could Cersei be so bold as to form an allegiance with the Night King? We know it's been done before, in one way or another, so it's not such a ridiculous idea.
Of course, the Night King doesn't sit on any old human throne the way the other three do. Instead, he's riding south on his undead horse, ready to take what is his, with ice and more ice. Toward the end of the sequence, Cersei, Jon and Daenerys all close their eyes as the candles blow out. Is this foreshadowing of their impending deaths as the Night King conquers all? The fact that the camera pans out to reveal that the entire scene was unfolding within his bright blue eye signifies that he is by far the biggest player in this game, though everyone — with the exception of Jon Snow — is underestimating him.
Believe it or not, the UK rock band James didn't write "Sit Down" specifically for Game of Thrones, but they may as well have. Let's look at the original lyrics, some of which were omitted from the trailer:
Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
This line is Cersei through and through. She's a mother who's lost all her children and has little else left to live for — except for all that tantalizing power, of course.
Those who find they're touched by madness
Sit down next to me
We've long debated whether or not the Mad King's genes will influence his daughter Daenerys. And from time to time, it seems she may be showing symptoms...
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me
This particular line didn't make it into the trailer, but it's 100 percent Jon Snow. He's always felt ridiculous, growing up as a nameless bastard, never feeling like he truly belonged. He never asked for the title of King in the North, and you can tell from his expression in the trailer that the crown is a heavy one.
While for the most part we associate Targaryen madness with Daenerys and her ancestry, the line "Those who find they're touched by madness" plays for Cersei alone. After the explosive Season 6 finale, it's clear that Cersei is becoming unhinged. Maybe these two queens aren't as different as once thought they were...
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 will premiere on July 16, 2017 on HBO.