Game of Thrones is less than a month from returning to our television screens for the penultimate season that promises not only the arrival of winter but war, rebellion, tyranny, fire and blood. The second trailer to be released confirms this but also gut-wrenching battles, nervous scenes and more of those famous gobsmacking moments that have won this programme award after award after award.
The voice of Little Finger chills many to the bone. He lingers in the shadows, the modern manifestation of the snake that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and it seems his mission is to force a confrontation between Jon and Sansa.
However, with the Starks all heading to the North Little Finger may run out of time to divide the group, as the family reunites to avenge Robb Stark’s murder. Seeing Arya in Westeros is certainly refreshing, similarly with Daenerys the long episodes of desperately shouting at her to leave Slaver’s Bay (now known as Dragons Bay) are over as she takes her family’s seat of power at Dragonstone.
Her armies look set to march on King’s Landing, under the sails of the Greyjoys in what promises to be one of many great battles of the series. However, Daenerys will not just be looking to pursue King’s Landings but also Casterly Rock, the seat of Lannister power, and perhaps an alliance with The North forged upon sands of Dragonstone. With dragons, Dothraki and the unsullied one wonders how the newly crowned Queen Cersei will try to stop her and what diabolical depths she will go to do so.
Jaime Lannister will feature in whatever her plans are but will not fair well if Daenerys’ armies are as strong as we imagine. Whether he will fight Brienne of Tarth to the death or will reprise his role as ‘King Slayer’ when confronted with the despotic monarch. Whatever their fate it surely can not be as important as the events that are about to unfold north of the wall where the White Walkers led by the mysterious Night King. They look to be in close pursuit of Bran as he hones his warg abilities as the Three Eyed Raven who holds some of the most crucial information concerning the past and future of Westeros.
Mentions of an Ice Dragon recently raises questions of whether in this series or the final we shall Daenerys’ dragons take the White Walkers on but for now it seems The North will be alone in its fight.
So what both trailers released so far tell us is in fact very little about plot but instead, like a good trailer should, show the awesome scenes and moments that are to come without revealing who, if anyone, will triumph.
By Arran Byers