Just before the two-episode premiere of True Detective season three, HBO finally let fans know that the final season of Game of Thrones will drop on April 14. The premiere date reveal also came with a teaser for season 8 that’s steeped in mystery and misdirection.
Last year’s first real Game of Thrones teaser was a quick and disorienting mashup of scenes from each of the season’s episodes as each character walked toward their fate. This time around, however, things are going in a very different direction. With the official season 8 teaser, HBO seems to have simply gone of the route of using footage shot specifically for the tease, and likely won’t be in the actual season at all. Still, what we see should play an important role in the story to come.
Before we get into the theories and lore let’s look at the footage we were given: The teaser opens with Jon walking through the crypts of Winterfell. As he passes by the tomb of Lyanna Stark, a feather falls from her statue’s hand. He’s then greeted by Arya and Sansa as the three Stark children walk through the tomb. As they reach the end where their own statues and future tombs are — at least in the teaser — suddenly, the lights dim, the torches are extinguished, and a blue frosty-looking mist begins to pour in.
So, is any of that really going to happen in the show? The answer is probably not. At least, not the whole thing, but something like it probably will. The teaser itself is directed specifically by David Nutter, the same director as season 8’s first episode, but it feels a little too much like a teaser to see how it could fit into the episode. For instance, at the beginning of the teaser a feather falls as Jon walks through, a feather that eagle eyed viewers might remember was originally placed by King Robert on Lyanna’s tomb in the show’s first episode.
That wasn’t the only time we’ve seen that feather; Sansa also found it during the fourth episode of season 5, when Littlefinger tells her the story of Lyanna and Rhaegar meeting at the tournament at Harrenhal, which began Robert’s rebellion. During that conversation, Sansa picked up the feather and wandered off with it in her hand, meaning that it really shouldn’t be in the crypts for season 8.
Finally, there’s the looming danger at the end of the teaser. As the blue mist rolls in — a clear allusion to the White Walkers that will surely present the season’s largest threat — the three Starks turn to meet it, ready to fight. It’s the perfect image to end a teaser with, and positions the importance of lore-heavy reveals in direct parallel to the battle of life and death that’s still looming. But, it’s difficult to imagine that these moments will be so neatly connected in the real season.
With that in mind, our characters are almost certain to pay a visit to Winterfell’s crypts this season, so that part is probably true. For those who haven’t spent most of Game of Thrones’ two year long hiatus refreshing themselves on the lore, it’s worth taking a moment to remind ourselves why the crypt is important. As the ancestral burying place of the Stark family, the Winterfell crypt is the final resting place of Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark (who he doesn’t know was his mother). While viewers were treated to Bran’s vision as an explanation of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s marriage the other characters are going to need a little convincing and it’s likely they’ll set off to the crypts, and Lyanna’s tomb, in search of some hard evidence.
Thanks to a chapter from A Dance With Dragons, the series’ fifth book, we know that after the battle at the Tower of Joy, Eddard Stark went to great lengths to see that his sister’s body was returned to the crypts of Winterfell. If the three Stark children venture to the crypts and examine the tomb, it’s likely they’ll find some sign of Rhaegar’s affection — possibly his signature silver-stringed harp — which Daenerys can verify, thus proving Bran’s visions correct and Jon’s true identity as the legitimate child of a Stark mother and Targaryen father.
With these discrepancies in mind, along with the fact that the crypts likely hold an important secret for our characters, the easiest way to read the teaser footage is probably just like that: teaser footage. Not literal scenes of the season, but simply an altered version of what’s to come designed to get fans excited. And it has certainly done its job. With another three months still to go before season 8 officially begins on April 14, we’ve still got plenty of time for more trailers, whether they’re real snippets of footage or a little more symbolic.
‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Enhanced a Scene in the Trailer and May Have Figured Out Who’s Chasing Arya
Yesterday, HBO released an actual trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones, and honestly so much happened. Including a scene where Arya looks panic-stricken and appears to be being chased. Here’s the trailer:
And here’s the moment in question:
There’s been some speculation about whether Arya is running toward or away from something, but a few genius fans enhanced the image, revealing a silhouette behind Arya that seems to be chasing her. Here’s an enhance from Reddit user FadedAndJaded.
And another from Redditor KINGSLAYER_117, which makes it clear there are actually two silhouettes chasing Arya:
There’s been lots of debate about who this could be, but based on approximate hair color/size, the person on the right looks a ton like Jaime. That said, why would Jaime of all people make a badass like Arya run away? Which brings us to option #2: White Walkers.
Buuuuut again, Arya is too badass to fear a couple random White Walkers, especially since she’s holding a knife made of dragonglass, which kills them. So what would be scary enough to cause Arya to turn around and run? Fans are speculating that it could be a White Walker version of someone she knows—specifically Littlefinger or a dead family member in the crypt that the Night King reanimated. Even more specifically, Ned Stark.
Which, um, OMG.
The Internet’s Best Reactions and Memes To The Game of Thrones Final Season Trailer
If you’re a fan of the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, then you’re probably experiencing the same feelings as thousands of fans who recently took to social media to talk about the series’ new trailer for its eighth and final season.
HBO confirmed that Game of Thrones would be concluding after its eighth season, and the series’ official Twitter account dropped a trailer that garnered more than four million views. Since 2011, Game of Thrones has built an international fanbase, becoming one of the most popular and watched television series of all time. Needless to say, the internet had a lot to say about the trailer and the series as a whole.
Let’s take a look at some of the internet’s best memes and reactions.
In case you don’t know, Hulu is a big Game of Thrones fan. As you can see by that bright blue check mark and the illegible bunch of letters, Hulu didn’t waste any time expressing their feelings on the upcoming eighth season of the widely popular fantasy series.
Fortunately, all Game of Throne fans can watch the series on Hulu via its HBO add-on. Let’s just hope that Hulu doesn’t actually malfunction when the final season premiers on April 14th.
SO, WHO’S GOING TO DIE?
If anything happens to Arya, Jon, Dany and Bran…
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 (@aegxnVI) March 5, 2019
Is there anyone that can watch Game of Thrones without shedding as much as a single tear after an important character dies? The beauty of this series is its well-placed tendency to capitalize on the deaths of so many fan favorites. However, there are some untouchable characters that everyone will hope to see alive when the show finally ends.
Dany, Jon, Bran, and Arya appear to be on this Twitter user’s list. Though, from what we gathered from Game of Thrones over the last eight years is that a very important character dies every season. Therefore, please watch out for this user because there’s no guarantee that all of their favorite characters are going to see the curtains fall alive.
— P.S. You’re Wrong: A Pop Culture Podcast (@psyourewrong) March 5, 2019
This has to be the most relatable tweet on the internet right now. As great and memorable as the trailer was, it was difficult to watch without having to slide the brightness bar into overdrive.
However, the fans that were able to binge watch this show throughout the day and night will somehow find a way to see every single detail once the final season premiers in April. For the fans that have trouble seeing which character is which, go ahead and get those TV manuals out.
ARYA STARK WAS SEEN RUNNING OUT OF THE TV
— benny (@_MulumbeniPhiri) March 5, 2019
Legend has it that Arya Stark is still running to this very day. If you’ve watched Game of Throne’s newest trailer, then you were probably shocked just like everyone else when you saw Arya running for her life like a scared child. Throughout the entire series, Arya has killed several people on her vengeance tour and looked like one of the series’ most promising characters.
If you don’t have any reason to tune into Game of Throne’s last season, then consider this your best chance to see some great action between Arya and whatever has her so scared.
CUE ALL OF THE NON-STOP CRYING
— LEO (@Baekshuai) March 5, 2019
When a great show has been airing for as long as Game of Thrones, you become attached to it. All of the days you spent coming home after work (or calling in sick) to binge-watch Game of Thrones has led to this very moment. All of the tears you spent crying over your favorite characters’ deaths and other tragic events have now taken you to the show’s final season ever.
Will this season be just another season? Have you’ve gotten all of your emotions in check? Of course not!
WAIT! WE KNOW WHY ARYA IS RUNNING!
— Finny🗝💕 (@VerryFinny) March 5, 2019
Wow! This actually could be a great take of why Arya appeared to be running to the nearest airport in the trailer. Just imagine the cruel irony of being chased by your dead relatives when you spent your entire life trying to avenge them.
That tragic turn of events is just enough to turn a character like Arya into a frightened bystander in an instant. In all seriousness, it’s a massive reach to assume that Arya’s relatives would suddenly rise from the dead at this point of the series. However, this user may be on to something.
CERSEI ISN’T HAVING IT!
— The Notorious B.E.C.K.Y (@BeckyKillinit) March 5, 2019
Throughout the series, Cersei has built a reputation as one of Game of Throne’s most mercurial and controversial characters. However, it’s no surprise that she seems reluctant to start a full-fledged war. That’s probably because she knows deep down that she won’t live to see the end of it.
For all of the people who hated Cersei to their core, you can start celebrating now. It’s extremely unlikely that’s she’s going to have a good ending once the show is over.
AGAIN, WHO’S DYING FIRST?
— stef (@wlwthirteen) March 5, 2019
Game of Throne’s eighth season trailer didn’t have to tell us that a beloved character will die soon. That pessimism just comes with intuition if you’ve been watching this series since the beginning. Part of the reason why so many fans are crying is that they know one of their favorite characters is going to die in the next season.
Whether it’s Arya, Dany, or another fan-favorite, Twitter is going to erupt at the exact moment they are killed off. You can bet on that!
CLASSIC KANYE WEST
— Clay (@claytoon253) March 5, 2019
Although HBO confirmed that Game of Thrones would be ending a few weeks ago, it’s still pretty surreal that the show is, well . . . finally ending.
Social media is going to be filled with so many varying emotions once the series ends. No matter what happens in the finale, people who’ve been following Game of Thrones since the beginning will cry about how much they miss the show (in a Kanye West fashion), while regular people will go on about their day wondering what all the hype is about.
SIR JORAH’S DYING FIRST!
— .♛. (@NewtVictor) March 5, 2019
Like we’ve said before, you can already expect that a major death will take place in the final season of Game of Thrones. However, there are just a few characters that we’re sure will get the hatchet before others. One of these characters is Sir Jorah, who did look pretty serious in the trailer.
The look on his face looks ominous, almost as if he expects something will happen. While no one can be sure on if Sir Jorah will be the first character to die in the final season, this is probably how he would look if the opportunity came for him.