Let's be honest, there's not a whole lot going on in the promo for Game Of Thrones Season 7. There's literally no dialogue, just shots of Cersei, Daenerys, and Jon Snow walking with some serious purpose. Fitting, since the trailer is called "Long Walk," but really not what fans want to see when they're still a long wait until GOT comes back on July 16. Three long months of waiting, in case you needed a reminder. And there are still questions Game of Thrones hasn't answered with its trailer.
The video teases a face-off between these three characters, possibly for the Iron Throne, which Cersei isn't likely to give up without a fight. But, this clip also teases that the Night King and his White Walkers aren't going to make this battle for the throne easy. With that cool puff of breath, the trailer even seems to tease that Cersei could be a White Walker before the season is through. Basically, fans are left with more questions than answers on what Season 7 holds. With so few episodes left, fans want answers.
It's why it's worth looking at the questions I was left with after watching this trailer more times than I'd like to admit while looking for clues about what's to come.
Now that you've seen the trailer, let's dive in.
1. What's Going On With Arya & Her Kill List?
When we last saw Arya, she was back working on her kill list, giving Walder Frey a death we'll all remember and pie we'd never want to eat. It's unclear who she's planning on taking out next. Could she be headed to King's Landing for Cersei's head? The trailer is giving us nothing on this, but when Maisie Williams stopped by the British chat show This Morning With Phillip & Holly , she shared that "there are some really high points. There are some really low points, too…" when it comes to Arya's story. Will she even make it of Season 8 alive? We'll have to wait and see.
2. Where Does Jaime & Cersei's Relationship Stand?
That look Jaime and Cersei share in the Season 7 finale, when he returns from battle to see his sister and lover sitting on the throne, is hard to define. Luckily, in an interview with Deadline, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did. The show's creators said in the joint interview,
"It’s definitely a moment where Jaime has to start coming to terms with how drastically and irrevocably everything in his world has changed — political arrangements, his personal life, everything. He knew his sister was capable of big plays, but this is another level."
Without him on her side, it does make you wonder who she will turn to. She killed Margaery Tyrell, so no way they're going to help her. Perhaps, those White Walkers?
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau teased that there is another alliance that could have Cersei forgetting all about Jaime: Euron Greyjoy, who is heading to King's Landing to try and form a bond with Cersei.
3. Will Bran Stark Bring Down The Wall?
Now that Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven, he has some insight into the past. He's already seen that his dad Ned Stark wasn't exactly telling the truth about the parentage of his half-brother Jon Snow. He's not actually Ned's illegitimate child, but the very real child of his sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
What we also know is Bran is able to transport back in time, leading to the theory that Bran Stark could actually be the mythical Bran the Builder, the person who first designed The Wall. But there is another theory floating around out there that Bran could actually be the one who destroys the Wall.
Last season, Bran was touched by the Night King, giving the King access to Bran's location. This was how the Night's King and his White Walkers found him within the cave. Since Bran plans to head toward the Wall, it's possible the Night King could follow him there, too, and ultimately destroy it. Some super sleuths on Reddit even pointed out that when you zoom in on the Night King's eye in the trailer you can sort of see what looks like the Wall coming down. Could Bran, who is nowhere to be seen in this trailer, be the culprit?
Of course, this trailer is not going to give that away. It doesn't even confirm that the Wall is really coming down. Isaac Hempstead Wright told Entertainment Weekly in March that "Bran has certainly understood that this is out of his control now. He’s a piece on the chessboard that has to make a move, and he hasn’t got any moves." Could his lack of moves lead the destruction of the Wall? We're going to have to wait and see.
4. Where Will Daenerys & Jon Snow Meet?
We already know the Khaleesi and the newest King of the North are going to meet up, but where? In the teaser, we see that Jon Snow is still in Winterfell at the House Of Stark, while Daenerys is sitting on her very own throne in Dragonstone. As Vanity Fair points out, our Khaleesi appears to be wearing a outfit for a colder climate. The guess being that she's hanging out on the "coastal island fortress previously occupied by her ancestors."
The place of their meeting could give away who exactly set it up. Is Jon Snow looking for Khaleesi's help him take down the White Walkers? After all, she does have dragons. Or is Khaleesi looking for Jon Snow to help her take back the Iron Throne from Cersei? Daenerys wants what is hers, and no doubt, she believes it's that throne. This is all to assume that these two want to form an alliance to help save the Seven Kingdoms. Let's just hope they're not planning on marrying into an alliance. One incestuous relationship is definitely plenty.
5. What Is Sansa's Role In All Of This?
She's made peace with her bastard brother Jon Snow, but there's the question of what role she will take on as they gear up to take on the White Walkers. We also know she's waging a battle with Littlefinger, who is as untrustworthy as they come. In an interview with Variety, Sophie Turner said that Season 7 Sansa is hard to read. "You don't really know what's going on with her season," she said. "We're trying to figure out where her loyalties lie. You're wondering if she'll pull through and be a true Stark or not."
What we do seem to know, thanks to Turner, is that she will be back for Season 8, which means figuring out Sansa may be something we'll be doing until the end.
6. What Does Varys Get Out Of All Of This?
Varys is a puppet master, and right now he's trying to help Khaleesi get her throne back, and help Olenna Tyrell and the Snakes of Dorne get revenge on Cersei. Clearly, this isn't going to make fellow meddler Littlefinger happy, since this definitely goes against his wishes. What I really want to know is, what the heck does Varys get out of all this?
Varys is a character who clearly exists in the gray area. He isn't as brutal as Littlefinger, showing mercy for people who need it, but he'll also keep information from those who could use what he knows for good. Also, he's now on the same side as Daenerys but he previously wasn't much of a friend to the Targaryens. He actually fed the Mad King's madness. So, why is Varys doing all this? It's a question fans want answered with the assumption that it will lead to someone's death. With Game Of Thrones it often does, right?
7. Is Sam Tarly The Real Hero?
He's off at the Citadel, home of the gyroscope, which you may notice in the show's opening credits. He's there to take in all the knowledge of the Seven Kingdoms, but could he also be the key to defeating the White Walkers? Could he be the person who ushers in peace, making him the true hero of this story? Some have already guessed that Sam is actually the narrator of Game Of Thrones, could that be because he is the savior of the Seven Kingdoms? It would be kind of nice to see brain beat out beat brawn in the end, wouldn't it?
8. How's Ser Jorah Mormont Doing?
Khaleesi sent him off to cure his greyscale, a terminal illness that leaves flesh stiff and spreads quickly, and we haven't seen him since. It was basically a suicide mission, since it's a nearly impossible task, but his goodbye to Khaleesi just didn't feel final. It's why you can't help but wonder if we'll see Daenerys former righthand man again in Season 7.
"I've always enjoyed playing Jorah. It's been a role that's been good to me so far ... There's quite a high death count in 'Game of Thrones' and they don't blanch at removing favorite characters. They just get rid of them in a brutal way. My end may well be close but so far I'm doing OK."
I'll take OK and worry about his death later.
9. What's Lyanna Mormont Up To?
The MVP of last season is out there somewhere, and we need to know exactly where and what she's doing. While we've only spent a little time with the youngest Mormont, fans have become obsessed with her ability to throw shade. Basically, we're all living by the motto WWLD? (What Would Lyanna Do?). It may be the only way they end up alive.
Until Season 7 premieres, we'll have to try and figure out the answers to these questions ourselves. But let's hope that HBO will release another trailer with a bit more information before then.