In the land of Westeros, it’s lonely at the top.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has dropped the first real teaser for its seventh season, focusing on Cersei (Lena Headey), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). It’s a somber affair: The three all walk alone down empty corridors and sit on their respective thrones — Cersei sits on the Iron Throne (for now, and she deserves it after the mass murder she pulled last season). They each take a breath before the camera zooms out, and boom — it turns out we’re looking at all of them through the crystalline blue eye of the Night King.
The teaser signals that season seven of everyone’s beloved backstabby, dragon-filled epic will center on these three characters. And it hints that at the end of the day, they won’t have any allies, family, or lovers to help them.
Or maybe the Night King will just kill everyone and bring forth a new ice age.
Read into it what you will. Let’s just be thankful the release of the new teaser didn’t involve blowtorches, a block of ice, and Facebook Live.
Game of Thrones’ seventh season premieres on July 16.