The first look at Game of Thrones’ promotional art for the seventh season is here, and with it comes questions about just what we’re meant to take from it.
Slowly, spring has started to vaguely overtake winter, at least here in the States, and with vaguely very much the key word here. In years previous, this would have meant that Game of Thrones was fast approaching. However, this year is different. Instead, we have just the first tease of a poster, as released first by Entertainment Weekly and also reported on by Winter is Coming, our own sister site.
Without further ado, check it out below:
Image via HBO.
Now WiC and EW both have noticed that we can see ice and fire in this image, with WiC suggesting that fire is for Daenerys and the ice is for either the Night King or Jon Snow. We, however, disagree. This poster may very well represent only Jon Snow.
Why? After the events of the season 6 finale, we can pretty safely conclude that Jon Snow’s parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, who themselves can easily represent fire and ice, respectively. In this post, we predominantly see ice, but fire appears to be creeping up. For six seasons, everyone has believed that Jon is Ned Stark’s son. However, someone who knows the truth — Bran Stark — is making his way south to the Wall and, presumably, to Winterfell, where he could very well bring the fire part of Jon’s ancestry to light.
After all, what does ice do in the presence of fire? It melts, and perhaps only the fire will remain.
We can already see the cracks in the ice on the poster. Things are starting to fall down. Jon Snow’s the King in the North already, but how long will that last? And, to allude to some theories here, is his the song of ice and fire, adding another layer to the symbolism?
Alas, we still don’t have a premiere date for this upcoming season of Game of Thrones other than this coming summer.