It’s going to be a hard winter. One that reaches the heights of Ice Age enormity. One equipped with our favorite heavy wind shills and six feet of snow. It’s hard to determine who’s colder the icy Queen of King’s Landing or the relentlessly deformed zombies beyond the wall.
But I suppose that’s why we love Game of Thrones, isn’t it? It is hard for us to know for sure who to root for and who we want to fall in demise. Even Ramsay Bolton was a favorite to a certain extent. With the new season seven trailer just released, we must all come to the realization that our favorite fantasy series is nearing its indisputably epic conclusion.
The trailer certainly has a lot of images and action to unpack here so here are some theories to feast and bite on until our dire anticipation subsides on July 16.
11. The Queen Of Westeros
There have been theories upon theories produced over how Queen Cersei will meet her end (if she does). And while the Jamie Lannister one seems to be the most probable and poetic, it will most likely not be happening this season. I mean, it’d be wise for series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to utilize Cersei’s savagery while they still can so expect some pretty gruesome deaths before the throne that would put former King Joffrey to shame.
10. Home Sweet Dragonstone
The story was told by Tyrion Lannister in season five when he was brought before Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen. Dany and her brother Viserys (remember him?) were infants when they had to escaped from Dragonstone after the death of their father and brother during Robert’s Rebellion. We last left Dany as she began her journey to Westeros, a journey that she should have began back in season four. However, patience it a virtue and she rightfully fits on the throne of Dragonstone and takes her first step to becoming Queen.
We were a little worried that we had seen the end of Melisandre as Jon Snow had sent her off into exile for her part in the execution of the only character of Game of Thrones with pure innocence, Shireen. She appears to be back and will be on Dragonstone with Dany as well as to greet some old friends.
8. Littlefinger Might Be Up To Something
Lord Petyr Baelish, the Lord Protector of the Vale, or just Littlefinger as we know him, looks to be up to something. Littlefinger is one of the few characters who appears to always be up to something, never letting any of the characters, or the viewers for that matter, into his schemes. He appears to be pitting each of the Stark children against one another and hopefully will be called out on it. I think it’s about time for Littlefinger to get his due.
7. The Frankenstein Mountain
One good thing I can attribute the HBO series for doing that George R.R. Martin’s books are less than willing to offer us is the identity of the Mountain. Using a different name in the book series it is only implied that it is, in fact, Ser Gregor Clegane, while the series is less inclined to leave it up to our imagination. Instead we get some pretty effortless brutal, albeit well choreographed, death scenes and what looks like brand spanking new armor for the new season.
6. The Battle Of Casterly Rock
I don’t really remember the last time we heard about Casterly Rock on the series, but the new season will depict what looks like a pretty epic battle sequence between Lannister troops, the Dothraki, and the Unsullied army.
5. The Greyjoys
Poor Iron Islands inhabitants. They’ve been pretty much reserved for the backseat of the show’s many stories since season three, but season seven looks like it will put them in the forefront this time around, especially with the introduction of vile uncle Euron Greyjoy. Hopefully it won’t be too late for them as this scene may suggest.
4. Jorah “Greyscale” Mormont
I’d be a pretty poor man if I had bet on the death of Jorah Mormont last season. A willing sacrifice to avoid an inevitable death and show his complete and utter devotion to Dany never happened as I had suspected. Instead, it looks like he and his greyscale have returned. For how long is something we will have to wait and see.
3. Amped Up Sex
We already got a few snippets of two different sensual scenes between Missandei and Grey Worm, probably the saddest love subplot in Game of Thrones history, as well as one with Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand (I’m assuming since they’re sailing together and are both known to be quite liberal with their sexuality).
Either way, Game of Thrones is known for their dragons and sex scenes and the new season looks like it will not disappoint in either department. Plus you know Dany and Jon are going to have some chemistry when they find out their both Targaryen (it is a Targaryen thing to keep it in the family bloodline).
2. Lots And Lots Of Planning
A buffet of gratuitous shots framed with characters standing before massive maps have been dominant in the new trailer. And why wouldn’t it be? War requires a lot of planning and it certainly looks like Dany and Cersei will not be underestimating one another.
1. Those White Walkers
While Dany and Cersei rage on with their war, Jon Snow and everyone with some good sense knows what the real war is. And this war is raging on much more quicker and much more colder.
What are your theories for the new season of Game of Thrones?