The seventh season of Games of Thrones is shaping up to be a very interesting one. Fans are waiting a little extra longer for the debut of the first episode of the season. Previously, the series debuted in March or April but the decision has been made to debut season seven in July.
Speculation exists as to why the date change was made. There won’t be any speculation about the running time of the episodes. Episodes one through five run 59 minutes and six and seven run 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively.
Interestingly, the normal 10 episode season is being shorted to seven. Is this being done for pacing reasons? The answer shall reveal itself as the season plays out.
Season seven is sure to contain an enormous number of twists, shocks, and turns. As fans of the series know, season number eight is the final one of the series. A season prior to a final season commonly focuses on setting up the end. The art of doing this is allowing the season to stand on its own with self-contained storylines. If season seven is nothing more than a huge prologue for season eight, season seven will disappoint.
Don’t look for any fans to be so disappointed they choose to not tune in to the final season. No matter how season seven plays out fans are not going to abandon the series before learning how the epic fantasy soap opera plays out.
Game of Thrones’ success is truly amazing. Creating an episodic drama rooted in fantasy material is not exactly a no-risk endeavor. HBO likely knew there was a fan base out there for such a series, but the volume of fans surely took everyone involved by surprise.
Fans are now looking for more surprises when season seven unfolds.
The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer is very ominous, to say the least. It starts out with a paranoid Cersei Lannister who, now in control of the King’s Landing as queen of the seven kingdoms, is musing about the impending battles with the enemies that wish to challenge her throne. This is coupled with very dramatic music and a montage of the enemies as she lists them: Greyworm and the Unsullied army, a ship (possibly the Ironborn), a person cleaning a sword (possibly Dornish), and Arya Stark riding a horse alone in Northern attire.
Arya Stark’s appearance in this scene is most interesting because we know that Cersei is on her list, and it implies that Arya is returning to Westeros to come after her. With Arya’s new training from the House of Black and White, she will definitely be a threat to Cersei’s rule. Will Cersei be able to respond to all these invaders, or will she end up like the Mad King?
We then see Cersei commanding her army from atop the Iron Throne, with Jaime Lannister at her side in the King’s Guard; this is juxtaposed with their brother Tyrion commanding the Khaleesi’s dragons, and Daenerys sitting atop (what appears to be) the Dragonstone Throne. Daenerys is making a fiery speech, similar to the one Cersei made previously, “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms… and I will.” Shortly after this, Unsullied are seen clashing with Cersei’s army in King’s Landing. The Dothraki also make an appearance later on, swarming across a flat land killing members of Cersei’s army, dragons in tow.
There is then a shift in focus to the North: Jon Snow in Winterfell, Sansa Stark with Littlefinger, Wildlings running from an unseen threat, Arya huddling for warmth around a small fire, and even a cameo by Theon Greyjoy and the Red Woman. The video is finished by Jon Snow saying, eerily, “The Great War… is here.”