The official trailer for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones was released this week… and it’s a doozy. Ultimately, we’re left with more questions than answers, but there’s still a whole lot to unpack in this 2-minute teaser.
Let’s start at the very beginning.
What we see: Badass Arya Stark herself breathing heavily, covered in blood, and then sprinting down a dark corridor. (Possibly holding a piece of dragonglass at one point?)
What else? Varys looking super terrified in the crypts of Winterfell with a group of people. Plus, a quick peek at Davos walking around with his head down.
What we hear: “I know death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.” – Arya
Where we left off: With Arya literally slicing open Littlefinger’s throat. Before that, we were all worried about her butting heads with Sansa for most of season 7. What we’re not yet sure of is how much of that was fabricated to expertly execute (pun intended) their plan against Lord Baelish or if the two just have some serious relationship repairing to do after their years apart.
Ships, and torches, and Bran, oh my!
What we see: A small fleet of Greyjoy ships, captained by some blonde dude. While we’re not sure who that is officially yet, we can probably assume he’s some big-wig in the Golden Company sailing in from Essos.
What else? Our eye-patched friend, Beric Dondarrion and everyone’s favorite redhead, Tormund. WHICH MEANS THEY’RE ALIVE. Thank goodness. There’s also a quick shot of Samwell looking over his shoulder during a conversation with Bran (probably after the whole ‘Jon and Daenerys are actually related’ bombshell). Oh, and another quick shot of Cersei looking as smug as ever.
What we hear: “Everything you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home.” – Bran
Where we left off: I don’t know about you, but I was terrified that Tormund was dead after the Night King broke through the wall in, seriously, like two seconds. This confirms they’re alive, but I have a feeling they won’t have an easy journey out of this mess.
Honey, I’m hoooome!
What we see: Here’s our first shot of Jon and Daenerys and they show up in a big way – leading their army. Meanwhile, Sansa has (I’m assuming) her first ever encounter with a dragon. In my opinion, the look on her face is hopeful, not fearful.
What else? There’s a lot. We then cut to a shot of Jon and Daenerys, I’m assuming, in the crypts of Winterfell. These damn crypts keep coming up! Jon looks sad (as always, so I don’t read much into that), but Daenerys is looking at him like she’s ready for some more incest, so she may not know the big news at this point. And Gendry is back! Honestly, kind of forget he returned in season 7, but glad to see him again regardless. Jorah on horseback and Grey Worm and Missanndei macking on the battlefield are also featured here. We also see our first look at Jaime here, shouting in battle, as well as two shots of Cersei: 1. A wide shot of the throne room with (presumably) Cersei on the Iron Throne, and 2. A close up of her smirking yet again.
What we hear: “They’re coming. Our enemy doesn’t tire, doesn’t stop, doesn’t feel.” – Jon Snow
Where we left off: So many places. But to summarize… Bran and Samwell learned that Jon is actually a Targaryen (TBD how they’ll break that news to them). Sansa is currently still ruling the north in Jon’s absence. Everyone is Daenerys’ posse is gearing up for the battle against the White Walkers. Cersei is about to screw everyone over by promising to help fight the Night King, but really plotting to secure her hold on all of Westeros.
What we see: Basically just a slideshow of character close ups at this point. A dragon, Arya, Grey Worm, The Hound, Jaime, Jon Snow, Jon and Daenerys, Sansa, Arya again (but fighting this time), Daenerys, Tyrion, Brienne and Podrick, Jorah… seriously, it’s a long list.
What else? We end with a shot of Brienne and Podrick standing in front of a group of soldiers, staring forward. We then see the leg of a white walker horse step onto the early, presumably to face the army that’s trying to stop them.
What we hear: “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.” – Jaime
Where we left off: All that really matters here, is that HBO is making it clear that ever character will be featured in season 8.
Will your favorite survive? Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Will there even be a throne left when they Night King is done? So many huge questions will demand answers in this final season and I’m so ready for it.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on April 14, 2019.