Game of Thrones trailer offers glimpse at new season

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - It is still four months away but excitement was building for Game Of Thrones on Thursday (March 30) as the latest trailer for the seventh season brought together three main characters.

The 90-second teaser, entitled Long Walk features Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continuing their quest for the Iron Throne.

The trio are seen heading towards their respective throne rooms in King's Landing, Dragonstone and Winterfell, to the tune of a cover version of British indie band James's 1990 hit Sit Down. Since its debut in 2010, the fantasy epic has picked up 38 Emmys, more than any other fictional show in history, and grown its audience in the US to more than 25 million.

Few details have been revealed about the new season, which premieres on July 16, except that Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent joins the cast and pop sensation Ed Sheeran is to make a cameo appearance.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss last year announced a shortened run of episodes for the final two seasons.