James Hibberd
May 24, 2017 AT 12:48 PM EDT

The Game of Thrones season 7 trailer is here, finally, at last. So why are you even reading this when you could be watching — and rewatching — the above video?

The 90-second preview reveals the first live-action footage from the Emmy-winning hit series after an agonizing 11-month wait.

The trailer lays out the stakes facing Westeros this year with the returning outcast queen Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) declaring, “I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms,” while savvy Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) notes that if they don’t fight the Night King and his army of the dead “it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.”

Among the revelations: Banished Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) returns, Dany puts her hand on Westeros soil after disembarking at Dragonstone, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) get intimate, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) throttles Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Littlefinger tells Sansa (Sophie Turner) she’s “the last best hope against the coming storm,” Cersei (Lena Headey) plots her war strategy amid an incredible new Red Keep map room set, Dothraki and a dragon charge across a field, and there’s a fiery battle on a ship.

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For more, check out Darren Franich’s deep-dive analysis of every shot of the new Game of Thrones trailer.

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Game of Thrones season 7 debuts July 16 on HBO.

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