'Game of Thrones': The biggest moments from the new Season 7 trailer

When it comes to Game of Thrones, nobody is safe — not even summer.

(No, not the direwolf... though technically him, too.)

As a means of acknowledging the summer solstice, Game of Thrones has brought the fire and dressed it up as a snowstorm. The new winter-oriented trailer for Season 7, which premieres on July 16, makes good on Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) promise: winter is finally coming to Westeros once the new season premieres, and the snow-fallout looks to be every bit as harsh as the Northerners predicted. Luckily, winter gives House Stark something of a home field advantage — but the fires of war remain alive and well in the episodes ahead, if the trailer's any indication.

Here's a closer look at a few of the new Game of Thrones trailer's most impactful moments:

Read more: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Trailer: Summer Is Here, and So Is Winter

1. The Queen in the North

Hot take alert: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) deserves an extraordinary amount of credit for winning the Battle of the Bastards, but make no mistake: Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) saved the day, and she didn't even get a lousy T-shirt to show for it.

Instead, Jon was the Stark sibling crowned King in the North, a momentous occasion that invigorated everybody standing around the Winterfell chamber — everybody, that is, except for Sansa and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). Nevertheless, the eldest surviving daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) stands strong as the book-ending character in the new season seven trailer. We see her walking away from Winterfell's weirwood grove, harkening back to one of her final scenes in season six, as Littlefinger narrates some free advice: "Don't fight in the North or the South. Fight every battle everywhere, always — in your mind."

Not that Sansa needs Littlefinger's counsel, certainly not anymore, if she ever did at all. Across six seasons and counting, Sansa has weathered enough darkness, endured enough cruelty, and played the game of thrones so many times that she could dance circles around most of the characters still on the board. The trailer's emphasis on Sansa suggests her political prowess will only increase in the season ahead, made all the more clear when she echoes her father's famous words: "When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives."

Read more: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Trailer: The 13 Greatest Moments

2. Return of the Raven

Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) lost his mentor and many of his companions (it's still too soon to hold any doors) during season six's awful attack on the Three-Eyed Raven's (Max Von Sydow) tree cave. But he hasn't lost sight of his purpose, nor has he lost the sight, period.

The new season seven trailer sees Bran as committed to the mission as the new Three-Eyed Raven as ever before, with Meera (Ellie Kendrick) seen lugging Bran all the way to the great gate that separates Westeros from the realm Beyond the Wall. All signs pointed to Bran making it back to the Seven Kingdoms before too much longer, and this trailer confirms it — not just with the young Raven approaching the Wall, but also with a later shot that features Bran sitting in a brand new wheelchair. With the Starks back in control over Winterfell, it's only fair that Bran receives an upgrade or two of his own.

If Bran is back in Westeros, how much longer until he tells Jon about his vision from the Tower of Joy? That's certainly among the most pressing questions on the board, but equally awesome is this: Bran's eyes turning white, juxtaposed with a veritable fleet of white-eyed ravens. Once upon a time, the original Raven promised Bran: "You will never walk again, but you will fly." Looks like that promise will be fulfilled at some point in season seven.

‘Game of Thrones’ cast net worths (GOBankingRates)
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‘Game of Thrones’ cast net worths (GOBankingRates)

Peter Dinklage Net Worth: $10 Million

Peter Dinklage had an established movie career before he joined the “Game of Thrones” cast as Tyrion Lannister in 2011. He appeared in “The Station Agent,” “Elf” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” In 2012, Dinklage’s role on “Game of Thrones” won him a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a mini-series, series or motion picture made for television.

Peter Dinklage makes $150,000 per episode of “Game of Thrones,” according to celebrity finance website Celebrity Net Worth. Dinklage’s net worth is a cool $10 million.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Net Worth: $6 Million

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” but he also appeared in 2001’s “Black Hawk Down,” Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion” and “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has a net worth of $6 million.

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Richard Madden Net Worth: $6 Million

Richard Madden’s character in “Game of Thrones” sees a tragic end in the infamous “Red Wedding” episode in season three. Madden survived his exit from the show, though. He made the leap from TV star to movie star with the role of Prince Charming in the Disney live-action film “Cinderella,” which also starred Cate Blanchett and Lily James.

Richard Madden’s net worth is $6 million.

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Carice van Houten Net Worth: $5 Million

Carice van Houten plays the Lord of Light priestess Melisandre, The Red Woman on “Game of Thrones.” Houten’s character debuted in the second season of “Game of Thrones,” when she supports Iron Throne claimant Stannis Baratheon. With a reported net worth of $5 million, Houten has also starred in films such as “Valkyrie,” “Repo Men” and “The Fifth Estate.”

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Aidan Gillen Net Worth: $4 Million

Aidan Gillen, whose net worth is reported at $4 million, plays the conniving Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish on “Game of Thrones.” Gillen played a similarly seedy role in HBO’s “The Wire” between 2004 and 2008 as Tommy Carcetti, the mayor of Baltimore. Besides his time on television, Gillen has landed film roles on works like “12 Rounds,” “Shadow Dancer” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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Jason Momoa Net Worth: $4 Million

After starring in the first season of “Game of Thrones” as Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa had a rocky transition into film. He starred in the 2011 remake of “Conan the Barbarian,” which flopped, grossing $21 million domestically. Despite this, Jason Momoa’s net worth sits at $4 million.

Jason Momoa appeared as the DC Comics superhero Aquaman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He will reprise his role in the 2017 “The Justice League Part One” and the 2018 “Aquaman.”

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Kit Harington Net Worth: $4 Million

Kit Harrington was a fairly unknown actor before he joined “Game of Thrones” as Jon Snow, but he now has several feature films under his belt, including Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Kit Harington’s net worth is $4 million.

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Emilia Clarke Net Worth: $3 Million

Emilia Clarke, who plays mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen, has a net worth of $3 million. The British actress appeared in the film “Terminator: Genisys” with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the summer of 2015.

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Sophie Turner Net Worth: $3 Million

Sophie Turner began her acting career at the age of three, becoming a member of the Playbox Theatre Company. But it was her 2011 casting as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones” that made her widely known to audiences. Since then, Turner has garnered two award nominations from the Screen Actors Guild for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award.

Sophie Turner’s net worth stands at a respectable $3 million. Besides “Game of Thrones,” Turner will star as Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Jean Grey was played by Famke Janssen in previous X-Men films.

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Maisie Williams Net Worth: $3 Million

Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones,” just one of many strong, female leads the series has produced. Since her 2011 debut as Arya Stark, Williams has garnered a number of film and TV credits including “Cyberbully,” “Doctor Who” and the upcoming films “A Storm in the Stars” and “iBoy.”

Maisie Williams has a reported net worth of $3 million.

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Natalie Dormer Net Worth: $3 Million

Natalie Dormer gained American fame for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s “The Tudors” before landing the role of Margaery Tyrell on “Game of Thrones.” She has also appeared in Hollywood blockbuster films, including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and part one and two of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”

Natalie Dormer’s net worth is $3 million.

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Iain Glen Net Worth: $3 Million

Scottish actor Iain Glen has gained widespread notoriety for his role as Jorah Mormont on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” With a reported net worth of $3 million, Glen is no newcomer to show business, having starred in a number of high profile movies including “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.” Glen will reprise his role as Dr. Alexander Isaacs in “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” in 2017.

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Alfie Allen Net Worth: $2 Million

Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy, also known as Reek, on “Game of Thrones.” Though Greyjoy has suffered through most of the “Game of Thrones” TV series, the actor behind the character has picked up a slew of successful acting credits throughout his career, including “John Wick” and “Atonement.” Alfie Allen’s net worth stands at $2 million.

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Lena Headey Net Worth: $1.5 Million

Lena Headey was nearly two decades into her professional acting career when she landed the role of Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” Headey has starred in “The Brothers Grimm,” “300” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

The Los Angeles Times reported the actress said she had less than $5 in her bank account after filing for divorce in 2012, but she seems to be on the road to recovery — her net worth is $1.5 million.

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Gwendoline Christie Net Worth: $500,000

Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth on “Game of Thrones,” a character who’s changed loyalties and roles throughout the course of the show. Like her co-stars, Christie has seen wider success and increased film credits since the show’s debut, including roles in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and its upcoming sequel, “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Christie’s net worth is reported to be $500,000.

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3. Everything is on Fire...

...which is to be expected, given the fact that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is finally back in Westeros, and given that her chief rival Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has a healthy stash of wildfire in her own back pocket.

The trailer shows off Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal in all of their growing and growling glory, flying ferociously over Westeros, gnashing their teeth at their enemies. And while we don't see too much of them in actual action, we certainly see more than our share of their handiwork. At one point, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) charges through a field that's positively covered in flames, marked by burning embers every which way. If you're one of the five people still on Team Lannister (and if so, shame shame shame on you), then Jaime in a field of dragon fire can't be a great sign of things to come.

What's more, the trailer features a scene in which the Ironborn fleet sails directly outside of King's Landing. The war has once again returned to Cersei and Jaime's doorstep. Wildfire saved them twice before; will it save them again?

Read more: 'Game of Thrones': What the New Photos Reveal About Season 7

4. Hardhome, Part Deux

Meanwhile, no matter whose side you're on in the flame wars, everyone can agree that the sight of Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) brandishing his blazing sword of fire in the middle of a White Walker war is very welcome indeed.

There's just one problem: Beric and his allies are probably in the middle of another Hardhome situation, and we all know how that worked out for the living. At multiple points throughout the trailer, we see Jon Snow, Beric, Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and others are battling it out with the White Walker forces, somewhere north of the Wall — unless this is an early look at just how much winter is having an impact on the wider world of Westeros, in which case, it's a cold day in hell indeed.

In any case, the upside of season seven's episode order is the promise of more budget poured into every individual installment — meaning that the wintery war we're seeing Jon and his allies wage in this trailer might just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg headed our way this season. With that said, it's likely to come at the expense of a fan-favorite or two. Our early prediction: Beric is only weeks away from living out his final life.

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