Winter is no longer coming. It is here. This sprawling storyline of characters from Westeros and Essos and everywhere in between is coming to a close. We can look at this one of two ways. One is how we can mourn the ending of a great show in its penultimate season, with only thirteen episodes left. However, I look at it the second way: bonus season! When this show was started by co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss they stated that they outlined a run for 7 seasons and 70 episodes. So, with a glass half full in mind, we are getting 3 extra episodes and the show is in our life for another year. I’m gonna mark that down as a win.
Now, to the trailer. This is the definition of a tease, revealing literally nothing, but hyping literally everything. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Cersei Lannister, the last of the power players, are all walking, nay, strutting, to their respective thrones. These are the people who are going to determine the fate of Westeros, or so we think. Cersei’s cold breath hints at the looming threat that has been there since the opening scene of the show: the White Walkers.
It is crazy how little HBO needs to stir up this fan base. Cue a few main characters, some cool music, and bam! People get pumped. It doesn’t take much, only simple reminders that this show exists is enough. Usually the new Game of Thrones season starts around now, but since it IS winter in Westeros, they needed to film in winter, so we have to wait until July 16th. The long night is coming.