HBO has dropped the latest trailer for Game of Thrones' 7th season and once again we're given some tasty glimpses into the show's upcoming plot. Even book readers are excited since this version of the story will probably be completed long before GRRM himself gets around to it in paperback form.
Here's what blew our mind:
While we got a brief glimpse of Beric Dondarrion last season, it wasn't quite that satisfying because Beric didn't do either of his coolest tricks: getting brought back from the dead and LIGHTIN' UP HIS SUPER-COOL FIRE-SWORD LIKE A BADASS. But now both Beric and his sword-o'-fire are back - and for some reason the sword just instantly lights up by him GRIPPING IT? It doesn't make that much sense, but I
We should all feel very blessed that there's a big popular show with a "dragon budget" AT ALL, period. But not only do we have that, but we have a BIG dragon budget on Game of Thrones - the dragons look more realistic and expensive than ever, and it's clear they're gonna be getting into a bigger part of the action this season in ways we have only ever been able to dream of (thanks to George RR Martin's...let's say "leisurely" writing pace).
Jaime and Bronn are one of the most reliable pairings on Game of Thrones - so it's a relief to see them still hanging out together and leading battles and OH HOLY SHIT A FIELD OF FIRE THEY'RE FIGHTING DRAGONS REPEAT JAIME AND BRONN ARE FIGHTING DAENERYS AND HER DRAGONS:
The great part about finally reaching the end game of Game of Thrones is that the show is much, much more willing to throw characters from all sorts of plotlines together as we head towards the finale. While we spent many seasons with characters strewn across the world in various places and stories (at times maybe a few too many disparate and seemingly barely-related ones), we're now seeing them collide in new and surprising ways - like this, which appears to be THE GREATEST WARRIOR TEAM-UP THE SEVEN KINGDOMS HAS EVER SEEN!
The battle is being led north of the wall, it appears, by Jon Snow - who has teamed up with:
After seemingly dying at the end of season 4, we saw the Hound make his triumphant return last year - trying to lead a more peaceful and pastoral life, only to have it torn away by murderous bandits...who were from the Brotherhood Without Banners. The destruction of his newfound life seemed to revive the warrior in him - and led him to joining the Brotherhood himself (along with getting to help hang the men responsible for killing his new pals), and now we're seeing that come to life BY BATTLING THE UNDEAD IN THE FROZEN NORTH HELL YEAH.
Hey! Speaking of the Brotherhood Without Banners, the Hound is flanked by Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword (previously covered) - who has either abandoned the Brotherhood now that too many of them went rogue, or been sent away by them after they decided hey maybe this guy who has died like 50 times and has a magic sword isn't the most stable leader. Or maybe they WERE with him up north but all already died because they didn't have magic fireswords or a friendly red priest willing to constantly resurrect them.
And finally, Tormund - who is an expected person for this kinda icy fight, but still a welcome sight nonetheless.
And they're fighting wights and Old Grandpa Other, so that should be fun.
After hearing over and over for many seasons about how incredible the Iron Fleet was, we are finally seeing it in action (under the command of Euron Crow's Eye). It was pretty weird almost exclusively seeing Iron Islanders fighting on land (and weirdly getting the shit kicked out of them by a shirtless Ramsay Bolton and some dogs) - so now we get to see the Kraken-sigil'd navy in all of their glory....heading towards King's Landing, no less.
I'm already shipping Euron and Cersei.
After spending the entire series being dragged around and carried by various unfortunate cast members (mostly Hodor - who had to downgrade Bran to being dragged along on a sled after the actor went through a growth spurt and became too large to carry), Bran is FINALLY getting a wheelchair! Yes, Bran has some ability to move himself from place to place now, which must be a relief to the actress playing Meera Reed, whose been stuck dragging him around ever since Hodor got temporal-brain-injured / dead thanks to a horde of undead monsters and Bran's psychic-time-travel shenanigans.
It's always been kinda weird they didn't just have the Bran-crew happen across a wheelchair earlier - maybe they could have just found one abandoned in the Nightfort or something on their way up north? Or maybe they only had the one wheelchair prop and had to wait for Doran Martell to stop using it.
HOLY SHIT THIS SHOW IS GOOD. THEY MADE A SHOT OF SOME BIRDS FLYING THROUGH THE SKY INTO ONE OF THE MOST BADASS THINGS I'VE EVER SEEN. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?
This music is forever burned into my mind...but not as burned as everyone in Baelor's Sept! Ohhh!!!
Is that Sandor Clegane in a gladitorial arena of some sort? HELL YES IT IS.
Is that a Lannister sigil in the background? OH YOU'RE FUCKIN RIGHT IT IS.
Does that mean Sandor Clegane comes into contact with the remnant Lannister forces, which likely will include his resurrected brother Gregor Clegane? ENTIRELY PLAUSIBLE AS SHIT.
Does this mean CLEGANEBOWL IS REAL???? YES YES IT DOES 100% NO QUESTION THIS TIME CONFIRMED