– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There’s nothing like a solid build-up. For six straight seasons, Game of Thrones has been an exercise in building up tension. Sure, there have been plenty of big events that have helped release some of the strain between the main players — we had the Battle of Blackwater, The Red Wedding, the Purple Wedding, Battle of the Bastards, and countless other events. However, it’s all been building towards these last two seasons, which will see a clash between all the powers in the Seven Kingdoms — and the inevitable clash between the Seven Kingdoms and the enemy to the North.

The showrunners have been teasing for some time that these next two seasons will be a lot different from the others. While they’ve mostly been world-building, and now we’re at the point where the payoffs need to start rolling in. This brand new trailer for Season 7 looks like it has that very mindset going in, and we can’t be more thrilled based on what it’s shown.

If you’re one of those folks who loves the mythology behind Game of Thrones, but felt that the action itself was lacking, this may be the season for you. Gone is the slow pacing of previous seasons, and what we’re left with seems to be a series of climaxes fitting of an epic tale like this. But while the payoffs seem to be rolling in, don’t feel like the emotional resonance will be lacking. This season also looks to be packing an emotional punch based on its thematic power alone.

“For centuries our families fought together against their common enemy,” Jon Snow says in the trailer. “Despite their differences, together. We need to do the same if we’re going to survive because the enemy is real. It’s always been real.”

This is it, folks. The end is fast approaching.

Winter is here.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.