Without pomp and with very little circumstance, HBO surprised Game of Thrones fans Wednesday with a second trailer for the show’s upcoming seventh season. The combination of crowd-pleasing elements like Ramjin Djawadi’s elegant Season 6 track “The Light of the Seven,” the “Hardhome”-esqe action, and the use of some Ned Stark book dialogue about wolves and packs means the trailer was an instant hit with book readers and non-book readers alike. You may have already watched the trailer multiple times (it’s unsurprisingly the #1 trending video on YouTube as I’m writing this), but we wanted to pull out a few details you may have missed to get everyone even more excited for Season 7. You can watch the trailer in full here, and then dive into the details below.
The King In The North Goes South: This shot is remarkable: it’s the first time in six whole seasons that Kit Harington has been shot without a blue or grey Northern filter. This marks Jon Snow’s first foray south of Winterfell—at least as far as the show is concerned—since his Joyful birth and don’t those luscious, kingly locks look nice glinting in the sun? We can only hope Davos and Jon—who seem to be on a day trip to the beach—will meet at least some, if not all, of Team Targaryen. But fans of Jon’s more frigid look shouldn’t fret. The King in the North will spend a good time back there, well above the Wall it looks like, all while wearing an extremely fetching new fur coat.
This, coupled with a few other shots, hint that the show intends to deliver us something of a sequel to its barn-burner Season 5 episode, “Hardhome,” with Tormund and Beric Dondarrion (and his flaming sword) at least joining in on the wight and White Walker killing fun.
But it’s not all fun and zombie-slaying games for Jon.
Here we see what is probably the fallen or at least wounded king being carried to safety—we hope.
You’re On: Actor Pilou Asbæk, who was introduced last year as Theon and Yara’s evil uncle Euron Greyjoy, recently bragged to Empire that in Season 7, he plans to become the biggest villain the North has ever seen. “After this season,” he boasted, “Ramsay’s gonna look like a little kid.” Perhaps taking a page from his Borgen spin doctor character Kasper Juul, Asbæk has decided to be his very own hype man, promising a “charming” “psycho” whom, book readers already know, has a history of molestation. Hooray?
It looks like Euron has made good on his plan to build a thousand ships in the Game of Thrones off season (perhaps that’s why Season 7 was so delayed?). We get a shot of his galley, Silence, as it leads the rest of this newly-built Iron Born fleet into King’s Landing bay.
Which means it’s probably (possibly?) Euron getting the hero’s welcome here on the streets of Westerosi capital. Why would they be cheering him? We’ll find out. But as we know, the common folk in Westeros don’t have the classiest taste when it comes to parades.
Another Stark in Winterfell: Blink and you might miss the tiny figures of Bran and Meera gaining entrance to the Wall. Yes, poor Meera dragged Bran all the way down there. But it looks like the girl gets to give her arms a rest going forward, because we see Bran in a shiny new chair. Ah, maybe his Hodor-less life won’t be so bleak after all. Bran appears to be in the Winterfell Godswood here. That guess is bolstered by the fact that it appears the old Bolton Maester, Wolkan, is standing by his side. Is Bran warging into that flock of ravens? And did the Night’s King notice him doing so? It would certainly appear that way.
The Flame Goes Out: HBO has made no secret about the fact that Daenerys and her team will be setting up camp at the old Targaryen keep Dragonstone this year. But here we get a nice reminder of who used to live there, as Dany yanks down Stannis Baratheon’s sigil (a flaming heart/stag combo) as she makes herself at home in the castle her family built.
Into The Lion’s Den: Speaking of Team Targaryen, we see what looks like Grey Worm infiltrating the Lannister seat of Casterly Rock from the inside. (This is a classic Grey Worm move—he did the same in Mereen.) There were a number of shots of the Unsullied storming Casterly Rock in the previous trailer (the rampant lion banners give the location away), but this is the first we’re seeing of some of the strategy that might take down such an impenetrable castle. Those are Unsullied soldiers opening the gate for more Unsullied soldiers. Strategy will be key here. Remember that back in Season 3, Robb Stark wanted to take Casterly Rock from Tywin Lannister. But even Robb, who was characterized as a smart and brave fighter, was dubious his plan would work.
Cleganebowl: This one is for the die-hard fans who still believe that some day, Sandor Clegane (The Hound) will square off against his brother Gregor Clegane (the Mountain) in an epic clash. Based on some set reports, this theory—appropriately named Cleganebowl—could maybe come to pass this season (but don’t hold your breath). If it does, this shot of the Hound down south would be the moment.