In a moment of perfect timing the scorching hot weather here in the UK has had many of us wishing for winter, and winter is almost here. The new trailer for HBO’s mammoth series Game of Thrones has been released, and there’s so much to see.

HBO have packed a lot into the trailer which is just shy of two minutes. Given that we are now very far from the published work of George R. R. Martin the Throners will cast all three of their eager eyes over every frame of this new look.

Some of this we knew already. Sansa is at Winterfell, here she begins the trailer walking beneath the Weirwood trees so important to Bran’s ever-increasing power. Bran himself has graduated to a wheelchair and looks to be at The Wall. As you can see below we have this illuminating shot of Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword which is about as hype as you can get without both Clegane brothers in the same scene. Game of Thrones Season 7The flaming sword crops up again, with the wielder not looking like Dondarrion – so who could it be?

Game of Thrones Season 7Dany is checking out the digs at Dragonstone (we’ve already seen her on the throne there), and Grey Worm has a moment which looks like you’ve got the taking of Casterly Rock.

Game of Thrones Season 7 podThis shot we love – the might of Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne contrasts so perfectly with Podrick’s stature that we can but hope for some sort of musical number to follow. Jaime and Cersei Lannister also pop up, though neither looks particularly happy.

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Then there’s The Hound, Yara Greyjoy and her brother Theon, Starks of all shapes and sizes, battles galore and dragons. Oh, yes – here be dragons.

The penultimate season of Game of Thrones begins on the 17th of July, and we can’t wait. Here’s the full trailer,

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer