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HBO released three promotional spots this week that were dedicated to the network itself. They star the familiar faces of beloved characters from numerous HBO series. Every spot released revolves around the idea of “what connects us.” In HBO’s case, what connects us is the static tone that sounds as their logo illuminates before an episodes beginning. You’ve heard it (especially when binge watching all four seasons of Game of Thrones back to back for a week while ignoring all signs of the outside world… or not). But there is something special about the sixteen Game of Thrones characters that star separately in each promotional clip.
Did you notice which characters have the Hand of the Queen pin? Did you see who’s back from the dead? No.
If you look closely at the characters within the advertisement you notice their new costumes. Every single Thrones character has a new look about them, signaling the changes of Season 7. But pause it, zoom in.
Tyrion and Missandei are sporting a Hand of the Queen pin. And it is being theorized that Brienne is a wearing Stark house fur (has she pledged her loyalty to a certain house?). Arya and Bran Stark are also cloaked in wolf fur (could this mean the Stark children are headed home?). The closer you look, the more you notice certain hidden clues each character may be dressed in.
You don’t have to zoom in to notice the two characters who are unexpectedly accounted for. The Hound is back, uh oh. But who’s that big fella, that one who looks like he would definitely hold a door for anyone (had to, sorry). That’s right, Hodor is part of the advertisement. Why would he show up? Everyone spotlighted in the promo ads are starring in Season 7, wearing Season 7 clothes. Right? So why would Hodor be included? Exactly.
There’s a lot to be theorized over but we have plenty of time until Season 7 returns July 16th this year. HBO might have it wrong. What really connects us is not that static tone, but our obsession over Game of Thrones.
It’s safe to say that winter is almost here.
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