[WARNING - This article may contain POTENTIAL SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 7.]
Rather unexpectedly, HBO released a second trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, announcing that #WinterIsHere and season 7 is right around the corner. It was only a month ago that HBO shared its first trailer for season 7, but this second trailer is a little bit longer and lot more dramatic.
Set to the eerie track, "Light of the Seven", from the show's season 6 score, this latest trailer includes quite a lot of new footage -- albeit often in short clips shown in quick succession. To help make sense of what's going on in this Game of Thrones trailer, we've broken it all down piece by piece, examining what even the briefest of shot might mean for the upcoming season.
A Stark In Winterfell
This trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 opens squarely on Sansa as she walks thoughtfully through the snow-covered godswood in Winterfell. Littlefinger provides a voice over: "Don't fight in the north, or the south. Fight every battle everywhere. Always, in your mind."
These words might as well be Littlefinger's family motto, illustrating how he sees the world and stays a step ahead of his enemies. It's a tactic he's been urging Sansa to learn since he helped her escape King's Landing, molding her into an expert player in the game of thrones. (Interestingly, fighting every battle also seems to suggest not just those between warring houses in the Seven Kingdoms, but the great war between the living and the dead, even if that's unlikely to be Littlefinger's intention.)
Littlefinger's lesson seems to be ringing through Sansa's mind as she contemplates what moves are left to her. Season 7 finds Sansa in the best shape she's been in since she was first betrothed to Joffrey, but she still lacks control over her circumstances. With Jon's return and rise to King in the North, what becomes of her? Is she to be married off, made into another bargaining chip for powerful men? Or will she be treated as Jon's equal, perhaps shown exercising some of her power? It is Sansa, after all, and not Jon who is Ned's oldest, surviving, true-born child -- and there must always be a Stark in Winterfell.
Crossing The Wall
From the long, contemplative shot of Sansa, the trailer next cuts to a quick shot of Meera pulling Bran in his sled. They have finally reached the Wall and are at the tunnel which passes through it, the large gate rising to allow them entry.
The shot is followed by a look at Jon dressed for his north of the Wall expedition (more on that later), making it seem like the scene is one in the same, but this is clearly Bran and Meera and not the larger party Jon will presumably lead through the same gate. Maybe the two groups meet while passing through the Wall, but it's more likely the connection here comes from the editing. Still, Bran passing through the Wall is sure to be significant for several reasons -- not the least of which is the fact that Bran's crossing of the Wall may remove the magical spells said to have been woven into its stone and ice, stopping the White Walkers from going further south.
Back in season 6, Bran was branded by the Night King and that branding removed the protective magic from the Three-Eyed Raven's cave, allowing the White Walkers to attack. What's to stop the same from happening to the Wall? Could Bran's crossing cause the Wall to lose its the magical protections, or worse, send the entire thing crumbling down?