Watch the thrilling Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

Game of Thrones Daenerys TyrionA new, extended look at the upcoming season of Game of Thrones has been released, featuring many of the key players.

“Enemies to the East. Enemies to the West. Enemies to the South. Enemies to the North,” Cersei Lannister declares grimly as a map of Westeros is shown on screen along with a different character in each location. “Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.”

So begins the epic official trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Armies are on the move and battles are being set up for the clash of powerful figures, all struggling for dominance of the Seven Kingdoms.

“We’re the last Lannisters,” Cersei continues and there is a shot of her on the Iron Throne as well as of her brother, Jaime Lannister. “The last ones who count.

We get a glimpse of their brother, Tyrion, as he watches a dragon take flight. Cersei doesn’t know it but her brother still has a role to play in the emerging balance of power.

Game of Thrones Daenerys handThen there is a shot of Daenerys Targaryen triumphantly arriving in Westeros and reclaiming the ancestral seat of House Targaryen, Dragonstone.

“I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms,” Daenerys declares, “and I will.”

The action shifts to the snowy North, where Jon Snow may have been declared the King, but where, as Littlefinger points out, Sansa Stark holds much of the power as well. “Your father and brothers are gone but here you stand. Our last best hope against the coming storm.”

We get quick glimpses of Melisandre and Theon Greyjoy, and wildlings fleeing for the horror of the White Walkers.

Ser Davos Seaworth then lays down the big picture: “If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together, we will die. And then it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.”

Game of Thrones DragonThis is probably the most important message that all wielders of power need to understand about the situation in Westeros. Hopefully he manages to convince the different leaders to set aside their current schemes to fight their common enemy. It’s not just about power anymore, it’s about survival.

Scenes of both the harsh winter and the horrors that come with it, as well as one of Dany’s dragons soaring above a great army are shown. Battles rage and forces both human and otherwise clash, as all characters will be severely tested.

The trailer ends with Jon Snow gravely declaring: “The great war is here.”

Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere on July 16 on HBO.

Check out the trailer below: