A few weeks ago, HBO aired a TV spot which revealed the long awaited premiere date for the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which is July 16th of this year. Earlier today, HBO released the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming season, giving viewers their first glimpse of this seasons major players: Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington), Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Heady) Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) and the “Night King” (played by Vladimir Furdik)
Although not much is shown in terms of overall content, given what happened in season six, the sight of three of the characters sitting on three different thrones leads me to believe that a massive power struggle between their houses, which will inevitably lead to a conflict with the “Night King” and his White Walkers, will be unavoidable this season.
Viewers will remember that at the end of season 6, Cersei declared herself Queen of Westeros after killing her adversaries with wildfire, which caused her son Tommen, the King, to commit suicide; Jon Snow was named “King in the North” after defeating Ramsay Bolton, and Daenerys was on her way to Westeros with an army to help reclaim the Kingdom that is rightfully hers.
First airing on HBO back in 2011, Game of Thrones is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by author George R.R. Martin. The television series follows a large group of Noble families all vying for political power in the fictional realm of Westeros, all while combating undead creatures known as “White Walkers” and dealing with Dragons that were thought to have died out. Because the fantasy and political elements are blended so well together, Game of Thrones has become massively successful across many demographics. In fact, it is so popular that back in 2014, there was a surge of newborn babies being named Khaleesi, a title given to Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen.
With over 200 awards to its name, Game of Thrones has dominated prime-time television for the past 5 years. I suppose only time will tell if it will continue to dominate for a sixth year. Either way, I know exactly where I will be every Sunday night from 9:00-10:00.
[via Washington post]