Yesterday, HBO finally, finally released an official teaser poster for Game of Thrones season 7. Behold the battle of ice and fire:
The poster is good and evocative, although it’s working overtime not to give anything about the season away. We thought it’d be fun to compare the new poster to some of the fan-made creations that have popped up over the past few months. There have been many.
The last thing we saw in Game of Thrones season 6 was Daenerys setting sail for Westeros. Many fans used that idea as their jumping-off point.
Season 7 is coming! pic.twitter.com/zy7yK5g523
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) February 28, 2017
Amazing fan made poster for Game of Thrones Season 7 pic.twitter.com/PcoHUXUYzZ
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) November 17, 2016
But there’s more than one queen in Westeros. Fans incorporated Cersei, or the idea of Cersei, into many of their designs.
Mashup posters were also very popular. Cersei and Daenerys are plenty interesting on their own, but fans are especially looking forward to when they share a scene together. You get the idea that they may not both walk away.
Battle of the Queens pic.twitter.com/TTPNkolium
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) November 30, 2016
And of course, the prospect of a meeting, friendly or otherwise, between Daenerys and Jon Snow jogged many imaginations.
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) January 12, 2017
Bran got some love, too.
Fan made poster for Game of Thrones Season 7 pic.twitter.com/xowcIJ2ExB
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) December 10, 2016
Season 7 fan made poster by fernandagarcia pic.twitter.com/aBYHdZkkzi
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) October 26, 2016
Other fans were mindful of those pesky White Walkers, who will surely be causing more trouble as we get closer to the endgame.
Winter Is Here pic.twitter.com/o0p4dU8XY6
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) October 22, 2016
So most of these posters get into a lot more detail than HBO’s, which is to be expected. Much as we’d like to see Jon and Daenerys staring across a table at each other on a poster, HBO probably wants to keep that event, if it happens, as a surprise. There was at least one fan who took the subtle route: Moon Mango sent us this evocative image through Facebook.
I actually love this design. It implies a world of hurt for the people of Westeros without showing much of anything.
Finally, there’s a whole class of posters inspired by a suite of potential SPOILERS about the coming season. Go no further if you don’t want to know too much.
Basically, spoilers have it that, at some point late in the season, the Night King will kill one of Daenerys’ dragons and take it as a new mount. That got a lot of fans going.
I can't get enough of these fan made posters for Season 7! pic.twitter.com/COh8hSCNHA
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) October 31, 2016
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) October 25, 2016
Should this event actually come to pass, HBO’s obviously not gonna slap it on a poster right out of the gate. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to learn the truth of it all.
So what do you guys think? Is the HBO poster on par with what the fans came up with?