The new Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer has landed, with the focus almost entirely on three main characters.
The arrival of the trailer is undoubtedly great news for the show’s (and the books’) legions of fans. However, there are one or two talking points and possibly one or two negatives in the trailer itself.
Warning: Spoilers from here on in.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) hold center stage for almost all of the trailer, which takes a minimalist approach during its short 1 minute and 32 seconds.
The characters are all entirely preoccupied with thrones, either sitting in them or staring intently ahead while presumably thinking about thrones. The suggestion is that we are approaching the narrative climax of what the whole rollercoaster ride up to now has been about: who will take power.
Winter is here
Also referenced, is that fact that the famous phrase ‘Winter is coming’ will be replaced by ‘Winter is here’. An icy stream of breath from the mouth of Cersei, herself very much an ice queen, is one hint.
There are also howling wind sounds as the trailer tells us that the new season arrives on July 16th.
At the end of the trailer, we see a close up of what appears to be the eye of the Night King, a White Walker whose kin threatens all of Seven Kingdoms as the kingdoms squabble among themselves.
The phrase ‘Winter is coming’ could almost be a reference to the coming of a White Walker attack. The supernatural, zombie-like creatures are very much of a wintry realm, existing in the snowy lands beyond ‘the wall’. The Night King would also be suited to the title of the ‘Winter King’.
It would be very weird (even considering Game of Throne’s ability to mess with us) if the Night King took the Iron Throne, but he is definitely likely to play a big part in the show as it approaches its conclusion (Season 8 is expected to be the last).
An unusual soundtrack for the Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer
So the Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer shows promise about what’s to come, no doubt. But how about the trailer itself?
Probably the strangest thing about it is the accompanying music, a stripped-down version of Sit Down by James, a jaunty song (musically, if not lyrically) that became a hit in the early ’90s for an indy band from Manchester, England.
In a dark and bleak Game of Thrones trailer, even a stripped-down and reverb-heavy version of a jaunty indy song feels a little jarring. Especially as the show is not known for a Sopranos-esque soundtrack of cool or well-known, ‘real life’ songs.
This sort of decision might have worked for the trailer had it really connected to what was going on within it, but the connection seems to be limited to: in order to use a throne, you have to “sit down”.
There is the occasional line within the song which may have some relevance: “those who feel they’re touched by madness…”, for example. But this is tenuous, and if all lines are going to be considered, then we would also have to take account of the fact that the full refrain is: “Oh sit down, oh sit down, sit down next to me”…
Even less likely than the Night King taking the throne is the idea that two characters end up agreeing to be nice and sharing the throne. Literally, sort of sitting scrunched up together like kids on a school bus.
Incidentally, speaking of music, the only thing trending on YouTube ahead of the Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer is the video for Kenrick Lamar’s Humble, which has very much has a Game of Thrones feel about it in parts.
Here’s the trailer in full. Note that 1) Even though all three characters are indoors, Jon Snow is the only one who feels he needs a snuggly winter coat, and 2) Cersei appears to have stuck with the short hair cut after having it brutally chopped. Every cloud.