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Game of Thrones season 7’s new trailer heralds the arrival of winter

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The second trailer for Game of Thrones’ penultimate season is here — and so is winter in Westeros.

Season seven was delayed partly because it had to be filmed in the winter, since the cold that the Starks have been warning everyone about for years has finally arrived. With winter comes the impending doom that the White Walkers represent.

As Ser Davos Seaworth made clear in the first trailer for season seven, humanity must band together in order to face this existential threat. Unity — or at least, an attempt to achieve it — appears to be a key theme of the season.

“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.”

Presumably, he’s referring to the White Walkers. But he could also be talking about the human foes that the Starks are now facing. Cersei Lannister has taken the Iron Throne in King’s Landing by wiping out all her enemies, while Daenerys Targaryen has crossed the Narrow Sea from Essos with a massive army, on a mission to become the new queen. And it seems that Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish is sowing seeds of discontent in the ears of Jon’s half-sister — or, uh, not — Sansa Stark.

Game of Thrones’ seventh season, which will run for seven episodes, premieres July 16 on HBO.

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