Game of Thrones released their very first non-teaser trailer today and we are all collectively crapping ourselves. Arya's being chased through Winterfell, a lady in a blue dress, and even Varys is looking terrified. When Varys is scared, you know something's wrong.
Let's try not to freak out and break it down step-by-step and go through some of the big hits from this trailer. Needless to say, there are SPOILERS ahead, so if you aren't caught up and ready for the release of season 8, stay away!
Arya's on the run!
Who's chasing Arya? Despite her calm voiceover reassuring us that she ain't scared, she certainly looks frightened (and a little bloody). It also seems like she's racing through Winterfell. Are there more enemies within the castle? Or are we looking at a Night Walker invasion of our home base? (More on that later)
Either way, Arya is such a fan favorite that the showrunners knew EXACTLY what they were doing by putting a scene of her in danger right in the beginning of this trailer. NO ONE IS SAFE!
Tormund is alive!
Our favorite giantfucker's fate was left in question at the end of last season as the Wall collapsed with him in it. But we see him, hearty and hale, hanging out with Beric Dondarrion and Dolorous Edd, who were also in the big fall.
Raise a toast to them with a brand new, customizable GOT drinking horn-- we'll make sure you get it before the new season starts.
Bae's looking swole af! It seems that Robert's only remaining son (???) is the king of the forge at Winterfell, making dragonglass weapons for the whole army of Westeros to use. Can we PLEASE get to see him swing a hammer in battle again?
Wights in Winterfell
Here's something horrifying to consider: if the White Walkers take Winterfell, will the dead in the crypts come back to life? I think it's fair to say that one way or another, that woman in blue is Lyanna Stark. Is it a ghost of some kind? A memory (although very few people alive at this point remember Lyanna)?
Because I'm pretty fucking sure she's a wight. We don't see any skin or flesh, but that dress looks very old and beaten up, almost like it's been in a crypt for twenty years. And the way she's walking is a little suspect.
Which begs another question:
Will we see a Ned Stark wight?
Ugh, I need a drink. Where's my ale horn?
DRAGONS IN WINTERFELL
I was a long-time subscriber to the Ice Dragon of Winterfell theory, so seeing dragons in the skies of the North just really gets me. And seeing two bipedal dragons riding next to one another in black and white (with a peek of red from Dany... oh my god, my bean is freaking.
Is it just me or is Sansa not really staring up at those dragons in wonder, but more like, "How can I use these to win?" Girl's got her head in the game. Also, a nice nod to her mother's house-- her outfit in that short scene is very reminiscent of her uncle's (The Blackfish) armor.
What's going on in King's Landing?
It doesn't look like Cersei is going North with her armies. If Winterfell falls, does that mean we will have a final stand in King's Landing? Also, can I just say that the Mountain's new armor is FANTASTIC and creepy as hell? Cleganebowl get hype? Get hype?
Reddit user Anels0505 queried, "does it look like Cersei is drinking her wine really nervously like she knows it's her last glass of wine?" It's true, and there's a couple of things to address: will she have a miscarriage if she's now drinking wine? Or will the wine do something to her pregnancy? Is she drinking because she knows she's going to die and doesn't care about the baby? Has wine always been her one true love in the first place?
Lena Heady gave us a thousand emotions in one second in that scene and our synapses are just FIRING right now with thoughts about what it could mean. I have been against a lot of the character decisions made for Cersei throughout the show (although I'd die for fuck-everything-short-hair Cersei), but we already know Lena Heady is killing it this season and the season hasn't even started.
Jamie Lannister has long been my favorite character in the series (apart from Arya who is automatically at the top). He's one of the most interesting and dynamic characters in fiction period. We see him bravely leading troops a couple of times in this trailer, first with the beautifully organized and bedecked Golden Company (maybe?) on the Greyjoy ship, and then later, sweaty and bloody. He says, "I promise to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise."
What does that mean? Where will Jamie go this season? Will he make it to the end or not? Will he slay more kings (or even Queens?)
The Front Lines
We got some pretty epic shots of some of our favorite characters on the front lines: Brienne, Podrick, and Jorah included. Presumably, this is at the Battle of Winterfell (which I wrote about a while back)
We KNOW that Jorah has a destiny to fulfill. Will that destiny involve death for this banished knight? Will he die heroically saving his Queen, as he's always wanted? Or will he live and be taken back in by fierce, little Lyanna Mormont.
Jon's going to ride Rhaegal
Jon's going to ride the dragon named after his dad. Jon's going to ride a dragon. JON'S GOING TO RIDE A DRAGON
Ok, now I'm freaking out.
- Where is Daario? How will he react to his Queen taking a new king?
- Can I just shout out Missandei and Gray Worm? I love them.I hope they survive and get to have a long, happy life together (even though they're siblings in the books)
- Can Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) start reading audio books? I would buy them all.
- What's up with Varys and the women and children? They look like they're hiding in a cave (or perhaps the Winterfell crypts??) a la Helms Deep. Are those his little birds? I wouldn't put it past Varys to keep them safe to the best of his limited abilites.
- I'm calling it: we're going to finally lose Winterfell for good this season. The producers made such a big deal about the Battle for Winterfell that I think it's time to realize we can't go home again. What happens to the North if Winterfell goes, though? Does the final stand happen at King's Landing? Will the armies break and flee through the vast North? Or will they be pushed back with discipline?
Only time will tell, and we're running out of it.
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Game of Thrones’ six-episode final season will debut on HBO on April 14.