After months of waiting, the first proper Game of Thrones season seven trailer has landed, bringing numerous revelations.
With so much crammed into two minutes, we've broken down almost every shot, analysing what it means for the upcoming season.
The clip opens with the new queen of Westeros, Cersei, bracing herself for imminent attacks from all sides trying to claim the Iron Throne, which she usurped at the end of Season 6. “Enemies to the east, enemies to the west, enemies to the south, enemies to the north,” she says. But just when you think Cersei is going to break into a rendition of “Stuck in the Middle With You,” that Lannister arrogance shines through. She tells her brother and lover, Jaime Lannister, “Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.” That immediately strikes me as the last words of a villain about to get her comeuppance, but, hey, I’m no Three-Eyed Raven.
1:01 People in the North running from something.
1:03 Arya camping in the North.
1:05 People in a circle in the snow about to be attacked by, yep, White Walkers. (There's an Internet-fueled rumor that the group is at least in part made up by a "fellowship" of Jon, Gendry, Davos, Thoros, Tormund and Beric.)
1:07 Littlefinger lurking in the shadows.
1:08 Dothraki on horses fighting in Westeros. Glad to see they didn't get too seasick on Dany's ships.
1:11 One group of people burn and attack a ship. Could this be Euron's doing? That guy loves killing people.
1:12 Davos may be the last rational man in Westeros. "If we don't put aside our enmities and bound together we will die," he says. "And then it doesn't matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne."
1:15 The Mountain looking scary, as he does.
1:15 People running down steps in a cave.
1:17 Jon Snow beating up on Littlefinger.
1:18 What looks like King's Landing soldiers and Daenerys' soldiers clashing at a gate, maybe at Casterly Rock again.
1:20 Arya looking under something.
1:20 A very creepy hand, maybe Jorah's with progressed greyscale, reaching through a door.
1:21 Dothraki attacking people.
1:21 Jon Snow and Tormund running away from White Walkers.
1:22 Missandei ripping open Grey Worm's shirt.
1:22 You know who can steam up the room? Yara and Ellaria. So many questions about this: How did they meet? Where? When? How do they have time for this right now when the Great War is going on?
1:22 Someone knocking over a lion piece on the war map. Bye, bye Cersei.
1:24 Two people diving into the water to avoid fire.
1:27 One of Dany's dragons flies over her army.
1:32 And finally Jon's voiceover: "The Great War is here."
Notable moments include burning boats, Lannister's being slaughtered, and – of course – gigantic dragons. Already this week, we’ve been treated to numerous new images from the upcoming season, plus a teaser that hinted The Night’s King is coming for Jon Snow. The showrunners have also spoken about the upcoming season running at a much faster pace than seen before.
Meanwhile, HBO has announced that numerous spin-offs are currently in the works, the main show concluding with season eight next year.
Author George RR Martin — who is still working on The Winds of Winter — revealed he’s working with numerous writers, confirming that five projects are currently in development.
Season seven of Game of Thrones returns 16 July and will contain only seven episodes, rather than the normal ten.