Winter Arrives in Season 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’

It’s going to be an unseasonably chilly July if HBO and GAME OF THRONES has anything to say about it.

The second trailer for GoT kicks off with a serious-looking Sansa Stark in the snow with a voice-over from Lord Baelish counseling her to beware of enemies not just in the North or the South, but on all sides. And then lots of cool stuff. Check it out:

Among the coolest touches: seeing the Hound; Dothraki hordes vs. Lannister legions; dragons; crows; dragons; the Night’s King; more dragons; Tyrion; Arya with a sword; and Beric with a flaming sword!

In case you need a reminder of what was in the first trailer, watch it here.

Winter arrives July 16 on HBO.

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New Photos From Tonight’s ‘GAME OF THRONES’

HBO’s GAME OF THRONES returns for its fourth season tonight, and the network has released a slew of big photos to promote the premium-cable event.

Tune in to HBO tonight at 9 p.m. ET for the season premiere.

GAME OF THRONES 2.9: “Blackwater”

It’s war! It’s the Battle of Blackwater! Everything and everyone else took a backseat to the bloodshed in the King’s Landing harbor. And so much the better, because we wouldn’t want to miss a moment of this.

As would-be King Stannis Baratheon’s (Stephen Dillane) vastly superior forces approached King’s Landing, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and the Hound (Rory McCann) prepared to defend the city while sniveling King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) postured for the press — but since there were no paparazzi, he preened for Sansa (Sophie Turner), who tried to egg him into taking a forward position in the coming battle. As the warning bells sounded, Sansa took refuge with Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) in the Red Keep while the men went to battle.
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GAME OF THRONES 2.6: “The Old Gods and the New”

Submitted for your disapproval: a study in craven cowardice and cringeworthy pettiness, courtesy of Theon Greyjoy and King Joffrey Lannister, the Vicious Idiot. Not that Jon Snow was above thinking with the wrong head when it came time to execute a Wilding captive, but at least he was erring on the side of sparing a life.

Things got off to a laughable start this week, with Theon (Alfie Allen) bursting into Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) room to declare that he had captured Winterfell — repeating it over and over, and mentioning how he brought men and siege engines and everything. And, since there were no soldiers present, Theon had little trouble rounding up the assorted women, children and old men in the castle. Young Bran deftly skewered Theon when he asked about the years Theon was raised alongside the Stark boys, “Did you hate us the whole time?”
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GAME OF THRONES 2.4: “Garden of Bones”

Well, there’s something you don’t see every day: A mysterious priestess giving birth to a smoke monster — onscreen. (Thank goodness they didn’t use that scene on LOST!) In an even more depraved scene, King Joffrey made a couple of royal whores beat one another. But I guess that’s just the way GAME OF THRONES rolls these days; gotta keep upping the depravity.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) upped the ante by employing direwolves to soften up the Lannister army for another victory. A victory that so incensed Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) that he threatened to shoot Robb’s sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner), with a crossbow. He settled for having her beaten and stripped at court. But then Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) intervened, rescuing Sansa and embarrassing his royal nephew in the process. (Not to mention teaching the court — and viewers — the difference between “helpful advice” and a “threat.”) In an effort to assuage Joffrey’s rage, Tyrion later sent his nephew Ros (Esmé Bianco) and another concubine, but the king forced Ros to beat the other girl savagely while he watched, which a cocked crossbow pointed at them both. The boy ain’t right in the head!
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GAME OF THRONES 2.3: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

This week’s GAME OF THRONES did clear up one thing for me: I’d always wondered about: the origin of that strategy of telling three different people three different stories in order to uncover a mole. Apparently, it originated with Tyrion Lannister, way back in… well, whenever the show is set.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is determined not to lose his head the way the previous Hand of the King did, so after dispatching the captain of the city guard last week, he set out to ferret out the mole in the Small Council by giving Pycelle, Varys and Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) a nugget of information about marrying off young Myrcell Baratheon (Aimee Richardson) to various lords. Pycelle (Julian Glover) went running to Cersei (Lena Heady) with the plan for her daughter, and so Tyrion had his mole, and tossed him into a black cell.
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