It’s difficult to glean much from a 20-second teaser, but the preview for next week’s episode of Game of Thrones, titled “Stormborn,” contains a few interesting moments, including the return of a character (well, creature) fans have been waiting to see again since the first season.
That’s right, Arya Stark comes face-to-face with her long-lost direwolf, Nymeria, who has definitely grown a lot since we last saw her. Despite the vicious look on her face, I’m reasonably sure that Nymeria will remember Arya. While the HBO series has never delved too deeply into the Arya’s relationship with her direwolf, she maintains a deep connection with Nymeria in the books and take’s the wolf’s perspective in dreams. As we just saw in the season premiere, Arya is terrifying enough on her own, so I can’t even begin to imagine how much deadlier she’ll be with her direwolf (and potentially additional wolves too) back by her side.
The rest of the trailer focuses on how characters are reacting to Daenerys’ arrival in Westeros. It’s clear that Jon has received word of her arrival and may even be considering an alliance, but one of his bannermen cautions that “A Targaryen cannot be trusted.” Elsewhere, Cersei warns her people that “the Mad King’s daughter will destroy the realm,” which, to be fair, isn’t that far removed from the truth.
As for Daenerys, it looks like she’s made some additions to her war council, as we catch glimpses of both Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand present in the Dragonstone War Room. The pair also don’t waste anytime getting, err, acquainted, judging by the make-out session briefly featured in the trailer. Ellaria also appears to stab someone. What’s that all about?
Anyway, Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2 “Stormborn” airs Sunday, July 23. I can’t wait!