On the first day of summer, winter couldn't feel closer.

If you're a Game of Thrones fan, anyway. The new season's trailer unexpectedly dropped a few weeks ago and left the world hungry for more. It's no surprise, then, that HBO decided to bless us with another trailer when we weren't looking, when the battle for the Iron Throne and humanity was distant enough from our minds.

If the first trailer's focus was the cornered Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), the arrival of conquering queen of the East Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and the King in the North Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) gearing up for war, the new trailer focuses on these upcoming battles. We see Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) tearing up the battlefield, Daenerys' dragons and army of Unsullied wreaking havoc, and enough brimstone and explosions to bring to rival any Wildfire that might remain at the bottom of the Sept of Baelor.

The end of the trailer, focusing on Jon Snow going head-to-head with The Night's King and his White Walkers, is dubbed over by a monologue by Cersei, professing the lone wolf dying as the pack survives. After the new scenes, viewers are left with both a fun juxtaposition for these warm months and a chilling reminder concerning the world of Westeros as we know it: "Winter is Here."

Watch the new trailer below.


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