With Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” — and the final battle for the Iron Throne — less than a month away, HBO ramped up the hype Wednesday with a new trailer and a dozen character posters featuring the denizens of Westeros who have survived the bloodshed so far.
But if the posters, complete with a half-face closeup and a frosty blue shade look familiar, there’s a reason: They look almost identical to the one-sheets for James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Sansa Stark in particular looks like she’s turned into a Na’vi:
Then again, it’s not like movie posters haven’t used the same cliches repeatedly over the decades. Whether it’s movies about a big conflict being advertised with a poster of its stars staring each other down or putting words over Matt Damon’s face, lots of movies and TV shows have used the same tricks to grab attention. Let’s just hope this doesn’t mean the White Walkers are vulnerable to unobtanium.
“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO July 16.