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The New Game of Thrones Season Seven Trailer Dropped and It Is INCREDIBLE...A Full Frame-By-Frame Breakdown

Just yesterday I blogged Game of Thrones releasing new photos from Season 7 was nice and all, but still didn’t tide me over or satisfy me while squirming in my chair waiting for the summer’s most anticipated show event. Well as Harry Dunne would say, just when my frustration with GoT was reaching a high point, they go out and do something like this…and totally redeem themselves!

Here’s the trailer in it’s full glory:

Now, it would take someone obsessive, a huge loser, with too much time on his hands and a lot of largely useless esoteric knowledge about a medieval-ish fantasy show that makes girls instinctively not want to talk to him at parties in order to provide a full breakdown of this trailer. Luckily for the readership of Barstool Sports, I am all of those things. Let’s let it fly and break it down.


1. The trailer starts with a Cersei narration about enemies to the South, North, East and West. The East of course refers to Dany and her army of Unsullied, which comes to no surprise, but the remaining selection was fascinating. The enemies to the “West” and “South” were kept purposefully vague and could be any number of the Houses, armies, clans, groups or individuals who the Lannisters have trampled on in their ruthless rise to power:

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But most interestingly we have the enemy of the North not being identified as Jon Snow and his recently rallied coalition of Northern houses backing yet another Stark-led Northern independence movement, but instead Arya Stark. This leads me to believe that while both leaked and purposefully released set photos of Season 7 have put Arya placed almost exclusively in the North, there’s a good chance the Arya Stark Revenge Tour will be headed to Kings Landing to try to take one more name off her list.

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It wraps up nicely with a shot of Jaime and Cersei standing on a map of the (known) world, surveying their projected domain and presumably drawing up battle plans. The symbolic value is pretty heavy-handed: Jaime once envisioned a future with Cersei where they’re open about their relationship and try to fight and kill every last person on Earth until they’re the only two people remaining in it. In a sense, with everyone close to them dead or estranged and an entire rebelling nation to put under heel, this is the reality they now find themselves in.

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And by the way, don’t overlook the small detail that everyone seems to be ignoring…every shot of Cersei’s banners, armies, sigils, ect. all use the Lannister lion…

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But she is TECHNICALLY STILL A BARATHEON!!! Just as her two kids were when they ruled the Throne. This isn’t a mistake by the creators or a glossed-over detail to be clarifying to viewers. It’s a purposeful pointing out of the complete abandonment by Cersei of pretense and any polite fictions that a politically-minded operator in Kings Landing would normally have. What does that mean? I think it means she is about to be completely open about who and what kind of person she really is, which means she is about to go full-stop off-the-wall nuts.

2. Dany’s forces ready themselves for her Westeros takeover. Benioff and Weiss said that the turning point in Tyrion’s depression from two seasons ago came when he saw dragons for the first time, restoring a sense of wonder and magic to the world to him that made life once again worth living.

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His face here suggests to me that while that sense of amazement hasn’t gone away, I myself wonder if when he sees the destructive capabilities of the dragons, if there isn’t potential for some of his amazement to be replaced by despair or questions of if they have, quite literally, unleashed a monster.

Within the same story thread, Dany is at Dragonstone which is old news based on the earlier, shorter teaser trailer they dropped. Logical given every war campaign needs a base of operations and it’s the ancestral seat from which Aegon used to conquer Westeros for the Lannisters many centuries before her.

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But then a few seconds later we get our first HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME moment with THE UNSULLIED ATTACKING A LANNISTER STRONGHOLD AND KILLING LANNISTER FORCES!!! THEY’RE NOT DRAGGING IT OUT ANY LONGER, THE INVASION IS HAPPENING THIS SEASON!!!

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This was about the first moment of this trailer where I realized my body is going to reach perfect Nirvana during these last two Thrones seasons.

3. The King of the North is back with the full support of the region that he was promised, it seems.

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A nice shot of the inevitable Petyr vs. Sansa showdown that will end with one of them betrayed and dead (it’s not “if”, it’s “when”, and my money’s on the redhead winning that one).

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The gate opening, which means we’re going beyond the Wall. It appears from a shot a few scenes later it’s an expedition led by Jon Snow, making me wonder if it has anything to do with Bran. The person at the centerpiece of a Northern rebellion and organizer of the entire continent’s defense against the White Walkers isn’t going to risk the million ways to die in that region on a simple reconnaissance mission.

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4. From there we get mostly badass glimpses of what’s to come and a very manipulative and transparent attempt by HBO to get the Internet talking about all the action we’re going to see and replace any sense of disappointment over the late release date with a stronger sense of anticipation and expectations (it totally works).

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Arya being a badass. I love her. She’s my favorite character (besides Tyrion, but everyone says Tyrion so you can’t say Tyrion. It’s like saying Jeter is your favorite Yankee or cheese is your favorite pizza, it doesn’t even really count).

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Circling against an attack beyond the Wall (WILDLING ALERT!)

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DORTHRAKI ATTACKS!!! We’re going to see how the light, mobile horsemen who could bring almost every city in Essos to it’s knees is going to do against the fractured forces currently in Westeros. I don’t know, did the 49ers West Coast offense do well when it was first introduced to the NFL? Probably more or less the same result.

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FrakenMountain. Still here. Still terrifying. We’re going to have a full talk about the CleganeBowl another time. I recommend you Google it if you’re unfamiliar to the theory I’m referencing.

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A Grey Worm-Missandei sex scene would potentially be the most shocking and viscerally repulsive in the history of Game of Thrones, which is pretty impressive in a show where repeated acts of incest are not only an occurrence, but an essential plot point.

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…I desperately need to see it.

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Lion figurine down! Lion figurine down! Never let a symbolic reference pass you by in this show. Remember that the fall of Robert Baratheon and full Lannister takeover was precipitated by a conversation between Tywin and Jaime where Tywin was skinning a stag (house sigil of the Baratheons). Watch out Lannisters.

And finally…the money shot:

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Dragons on the battlefield. What we have all been waiting for for six seasons, sixty episodes, hours of television, even more hours spent talking about and analyzing and agonizing over that television…Dany’s dragons are finally in Westeros and ready to light fire to some bitches. It’s going to be epic, it’s going to be like nothing before seen on television, it’s going to deliver in a way only this show can and I could not be more ready for this season to start.

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