ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
As the great Tyrion Lannister (portrayed by Peter Dinklage) said, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.” This dreaded day is coming soon for Game of Thrones fans.
Those who have read the books can settle down, having some sense of what is to transpire. For those who follow each episode religiously, the worst is yet to come. As we all know, winter is coming, along with the new and final season of the HBO original series Game of Thrones to premiere July 16, 2017.
For those of you who are not familiar with the television show, Game of Thrones is an original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire. The show is a battle for the Iron Throne, which allows the monarchy in possession to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The series is packed with lust, violence, love, betrayal and the constant need for power. The sixth season opened a floodgate full of unanswered questions, and in this year’s upcoming season, all that is left unresolved will soon be addressed.
On March 9, in the middle of the afternoon, HBO shared a live stream on the Game of Thrones Facebook page revealing the premiere date, along with a small trailer. The trailer depicts the merciless Cersei Lannister (portrayed by Lena Headey), who, as of last season holds the Iron Throne, dragon mother Daenerys Targaryen (portrayed by Emilia Clarke), and Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night Watch (portrayed by Kit Harrington), each taking their place on their rightful thrones. Once each character is seated, the final shot is of Cersei, who breathes out ice cold breath which transforms into the striking eye of the Night King of White Walkers. Queue the dramatic music.
The trailer spread like wildfire as things grew hectic on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Fans provided endless countdowns to the premiere, memes about several of the main characters, interesting graphics of the main houses, and, of course, the occasional proclamation of love for Jon Snow. Creators of ‘Winter is Coming: The Game of Thrones News Source’ (WiC) have generated a website, Fansided. Any person addicted to the drama that is Games of Thrones can comment on and discuss the recently uploaded trailer. The WiC staff wrote an editorial on the trailer, presenting fans with their opinions of the teaser.
The WiC staff enjoyed the trailer as much as any fan would have. Last season, fans did not receive a teaser as elaborate as this season’s, so this is a true gem to many fans, including those of the WiC staff. “I loved the promo trailer. First of all, I think it’s a fun novelty that we even got one,” said WiC staff member Dan.
“I think it’s nice that we’re finally getting down to what the show has been teasing for the past six seasons: the invasion of the White Walkers,” said WiC staff member Corey. “Yes, we saw each of the three primary monarchs left in Westeros make the long lonely walk to their respective thrones, but as in the first teaser, the White Walkers are the last thing we see. That’s not an accident. Hopefully that means season 7 will finally show them making their way past (or through) the Wall.”
One of the WiC staff members even took the liberty to give HBO its well deserved props for releasing the teaser when they did. “I love how HBO just randomly drops a teaser promo for the biggest show in all of television right in the middle of the afternoon. No warning, no fanfare — just drop it and watch the chaos.” said WiC staff member, Razor. “Really, only HBO could do this and get away with it. The network knows its audience…”
The WiC staff also provided a detailed and analytical reaction to the trailer, supplying the fans with insight into what might happen in the season to come. The analysis separates the women of power — Cersei and Daenerys — apart from the brutish, wool coat-wearing hunk Jon Snow. Both Cersei and Daenerys long for power as they sit on their well deserved thrones, while the silent gloom on Jon Snow’s face portrays the complete opposite in that mindset. As Dan stated, “[Jon’s lack of desire to be in power] would fit, what with Jon always being nominated to positions of authority whether he wants it or not, whereas Daenerys and Cersei seek them out.”
The WiC staff agreed unanimously with that statement. Some giving a little more insight of the mindset of the three primary monarchs of Westeros. “Now, the major contenders for the throne are Cersei, who has it; Daenerys, who wants it; and Jon, who would just rather not,” said WiC staff member, Katie. “Jon is miserable in a position of power. Indeed, that was made rather clear when he was declared King in the North in the season 6 finale. He was all shock and apprehension. Jon can inspire faith and loyalty, and as such he has the makings of a great leader, but he has no desire to be a king.”
Jon Snow remains in power as we go into the next season, with the idea that he has no household name to hold onto. From birth, he is told that he is nothing but a bastard who is now unwillingly stuck with the duty of reigning over the Night Watch. Spoiler Warning: Little does Jon know, he is not the bastard of the magnificent Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, but the son of Lyanna Stark (that’s right Ned’s sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen, which is revealed to the fans in the last episode of the past season.
To all the Game of Thrones fans, be prepared for the moment where Snow finds out the shocking truth. It is going to impact him harder than any of us think. Because, except for witnessing the cold, horrible power of the White Walkers, you know nothing, Jon Snow.