We don’t want to say that taking more than a year off in-between seasons means that HBO owes fans anything, but we definitely feel like our patience is finally being rewarded.
After debuting a brand-new trailer in May, packed with tons of action and new footage from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones (premiering Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada), HBO has just dropped a second full-length trailer with even more goodies. Just in time for the first day of summer, winter has arrived with a chillingly cold look at the highly anticipated return of GoT.
The trailer opens with Sansa Stark walking in slow motion through a snow-filled forest as Petyr Baelish’s (Little Finger) voice commands the listener to fight every battle everywhere.
The initial preview for Season 7 was missing a few key characters from the Seven Kingdoms, who we are finally getting a look at in today’s new trailer. Brienne of Tarth and her sidekick Podrick are together once more, with Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword featured in the trailer, along with Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound.
Bran Stark also makes his first appearance, now sitting in a wheelchair that has replaced his trusty sidekick Hodor. Bran’s inclusion in the trailer marks a full attendance for all three of the remaining Stark children, with just Bran, Sansa and Arya carrying on the family name following Rickon’s brutal death at the hands of Ramsay Bolton in Season 6.
The Stark’s half-brother (bastard son? true heir to the Seven Kingdoms?), Jon Snow, takes on the second voice over, encouraging the reigning families to unite in order to fight the common enemy. As one of the few members of the famous families to actually see a White Walker, Jon Snow in fact does know something; Iron Thrones are irrelevant when terrifying White Walkers are banging at your ice wall.
The chilling trailer ends with Sansa’s voice-over, reading what sounds like a poem, saying, “When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” The final line lands dramatically on a shot of Jon Snow slaying a White Walker.
This could indicate Sansa’s possible battle against Jon for control of the North, or signal that theories on his lineage will come to light, with the member of the Knight’s Watch finally sitting on the Iron Throne. Of course, he has to get past Cersei first.