ByFranco Gucci, writer at
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Franco Gucci

It's been a long and tough time as we wait for to be released. Unfortunately for us hungry fans, the show's difficult production schedule kept us from knowing a set release date... until today.

To prepare us for this announcement, just a few days ago, HBO released two new teasers for the season. As well as a cool new poster, teasing a war between fire and ice. Break out your bows, swords, and shields, because HBO just released a new teaser for Season 7 that not only promises big things to come for the show, but also gives us a release date:

  • July 16, 2017

Are everyone's jaws in place again? Perfect. While quite brief, this trailer has various hidden meanings and hints for what we should expect from 's upcoming season. Let's take a look:

We Know Which Houses Will Be Involved In "The Great War"

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[Credit: HBO]

We don't know much about what to expect from the "Great War," but this teaser gave us a huge clue. The show has more than 20 different houses. But only five of those are mentioned in the footage:

"Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell... They were just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, and that one's on top and on, and on, and on it spins."

They pretty much listed which factions would be involved in the war. The line also hints at the fluctuating nature of the rulers on the show: No one stays on top forever.

Daenerys Targaryen Has Her Father's Legacy On Her Mind

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[Credit: HBO]

Something worthy to note is Daenerys' dialogue at the very beginning of the video:

"I know what my father was... what he did... I know the Mad King earned his name."

Throughout the course of the series, we've seen Daenerys becoming more and more brutal. So this may have been hinting at her finally embracing her father's philosophy and becoming one of the most ruthless participants in the war—but it most likely means that she doesn't want to cross that line into becoming a true monster. However, while that nature will surely give her an advantage over her adversaries...

We Shouldn't Expect A Happy Ending For Anyone

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[Credit: HBO]

Death and tragedy are staples of the show. Sometimes it feels like we can't have one episode without seeing someone die a horrible death. But that's what gets you hooked to the story. This upcoming season will probably be packed with more of those gory elements than in seasons past.

The teaser showed us that the incoming war will be devastating for the houses involved, as it gives us a very powerful image, with all the different houses crumbling in the snowy ground. Because, as we are reminded, the petty squabbles for control of Westeros are nothing compared to the winter bearing down upon them.

Jon Snow Reminds Everyone Who The Real Enemy Is

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[Credit: HBO]

At the end of the teaser, Jon Snow—who is always a beacon of optimism—mutters the ominous words:

"Same thing is coming for all of us... There is only one war that matters... The great war."

Right after that, we are presented with the eye of a White Walker.

[Credit: HBO]
[Credit: HBO]

It's tough to predict how these creatures will fit eventually fit into the overall story, and not just Jon's arc in the North. But it appears that all the houses of Westeros will realize it's the White Walkers that are the real enemies (you know, after all the carnage and torture are complete). Though it's likely that Jon Snow will spend at least a part of the season as a Cassandra-like figure, a prophet crying doom that no one believes. Game of Thrones has always handled stories of betrayal and intrigue in a great way, and from the looks of things, they will be back full-throttle this season.

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Season 6 ended in a pretty tough place for our beloved characters: Almost everyone is dead, Cersei Lannister sits on the Iron Throne as Queen, Jon Snow is now King of the North, Daenerys is sailing to Westeros to do some much-needed conquering and Arya is up to her usual murderous tendencies and hell-bent on getting back to her family.

Clearly, all of that was set up to culminate in The Great War. In true GoT fashion, we should expect a lot of heart-stopping moments.

[Credit: HBO]
[Credit: HBO]

Season 7 is Game of Thrones' penultimate season, and it will appropriately last only seven episodes, as opposed to the usual 10. So, now that we finally know when the hell we'll be able to watch Game of Thrones again, don't forget to tune in on July 16, 2017.

What did you think of the teaser? Let me know in the comments!


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