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The 5 Most Important Moments from the New Game of Thrones Trailer

Beric Dondarrion returns, and more Season Seven spoilers.

If you haven't already noticed, there's going to be a big-ass battle in Game of Thrones season seven. Given the first two trailers—the second of which was released on Wednesday—HBO is promising seven episodes of non-stop war. Sweaty soldiers! Swords! Swinging of axes! Very cold people! Fire! And after the agonizing George R.R. Martin-esque build up to the eventual great war, we've kinda earned it at this point.

Here's what we know: Cersei, after murdering all her enemies with a tasteful explosion of wildfire, has taken the Iron Throne. Jon Snow, who has defeated that asshole Ramsay Bolton, is now King of the North, setting his sights on defeating the White Walker horde from the North. Daenerys, after meandering a different continent for the entire goddamn series, is finally heading toward the action with her army and CGI dragons.

Shit's about to go down!

And it's not going to be all fun and games and dragons torching a record-breaking number of people on camera. Pilou Asbæk, who plays Euron Greyjoy (Theon and Yara's uncle), says his character is going to be a far worse villain than Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton. So that should be nice.

Anyway, here are some things we noticed from the new trailer:

Bran got a wheelchair!

And appears to have made it from north of The Wall to Winterfell.


Beric Dondarrion is back!

If you'll recall, Ned Stark charged Beric with keeping the peace in the Riverlands, and has since then died and been resurrected over and over again. We last saw him in Season Six when he met up with The Hound heading north.

Jon Snow's speech is pretty important!

"For centuries, our families fought together against their common enemy, despite their differences, together," Jon Snow says in the new trailer, making the case for unity. "We need to do the same if we're going to survive, because the enemy is real. It's always been real."

He's almost certainly talking about all the different bickering houses of Westeros putting their petty wars aside and fighting, you know, the undead horde that's hellbent on destroying humanity.

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The dragons!

The dragons are flying to Dragonstone! Yeah, whoever thought up this groanworthy name for this castle should get their head crushed by The Mountain, but it's important nonetheless. Dragonstone is the ancestral home of the Targaryens—meaning Daenerys definitely goes home finally.

Greyjoy ships are sailing into Blackwater Bay!

That means either Euron Greyjoy or Yara and Theon's stolen Iron Fleet are making a move on King's Landing.

So there's all that. And to be completely honest, this is all just pointless conjecture until next month. See you on July 16!

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