All the evidence suggests that our world is going bonkers: there’s an unpleasant toddler in the White House, the planet is slowly but inexorably heating up, lunatics are blowing up children in the name of incoherent political and/or religious beliefs, and people are taking Louise Mensch seriously. But if nothing else, we can console ourselves that however bananas our world goes, it’s still got nothing on Westeros.
Such, perhaps, is the appeal of Game of Thrones, which is set to return for its seventh and sort-of-final season on July 16 (HBO are doing a Mad Men-style two-part final season.) The first trailer for the season was released today, and it appears like all hell is finally going to break loose in the Seven Kingdoms:
Cersei Lannister occupies the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen is coming (along with a large army and several dragons) to take it from her, Jon Snow is waving his sword around in the north, Arya Stark is plotting to kill everyone, and everyone is ignoring the existential threat to them all, viz. the army of angry dead people that is about to head south with murder on its mind. In other words, Season 7 will be a giant shitshow that may well put the already impressive body count of the six preceding seasons to shame. Valar morghulis, and all that.