The first Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer is finally here and it’s incredibly exciting. HBO dropped the promo Thursday, showing us the key contenders of the battle for the Iron Throne. As seen in the footage, Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, and the Night’s King are all where we left them last season. Daenerys Targaryen, however, is finally on land, sitting in what seems to be a throne. Where is she?
The last time we saw her, the Mother of Dragons was sailing to Westeros with her army. While it’s possible that she’s walking through the secret passages below the Red Keep at King’s Landing which his ancestor King Maegor I Targaryen built, the jagged rocky outcrop visible in the promo suggests she’s in the unseen throne room of Dragonstone.
In case you forgot about the place, it’s Stannis Baratheon’s former castle that sits on the island of the same name not far from King’s Landing, in Blackwater Bay. The show hasn’t featured the volcanic island since the Lord of Dragonstone traveled North at the end of Season 4. Now that the original inhabitant is gone, or so the rumors say, it looks like Daenerys is filling in his shoes.
But Why Dragonstone?
According to Buzzfeed, Dany’s choice of Dragonstone as her team’s new hideout might be a suggestion from Tyrion and Varys, two of the sharpest minds in Westeros on her side. Many have been expecting her to storm directly on King’s Landing upon arriving on the continent to take the Iron Throne. But the site notes it is much more logical for her army to “take Dragonstone, rest, refuel, gather intelligence, and attempt the diplomatic route” before declaring all-out-war.
The decision is particularly interesting as her ancestors sought refuge from the island hundreds of years before the events in Game of Thrones. Here’s the site’s 30-second version of the Targaryen history:
“Hundreds of years before the events of the show, the Targayrens were a not-especially-powerful noble family in the Valyrian Freehold. They remained in Valyria until Daenys Targaryen (or “Daenys the Dreamer”) had a premonition and encouraged the whole family to flee to the safety of Dragonstone.
They did, and just 12 years later the Doom of Valyria wiped out the entire Freehold (and all living dragons, except those taken by the Targaryens). Decades on it was from this base – from the very same throne room in which Daenerys now sits – that Aegon the Conquerer and his two sisters planned their successful invasion of Westeros. From then on, Dragonstone became the seat of the next in line to the Iron Throne, or the “Prince of Dragonstone.”
As noticed, Cersei blowing up the Sept of Baelor last season echoed the Mad King, Aerys II’s last order to “burn them all.” If you think about it, Dany’s invasion could be following the same path as her ancestor’s. But given the show’s reputation for plot twists, there are many possibilities.
The Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer, unfortunately, did not reveal what’s exactly to come except for one thing: Winter. Oh yes, winter is definitely coming. Check out the trailer below:
Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16.