The Night King’s army of the dead is at the gates of Winterfell — and the fate of nearly every major character could be at stake in Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” So when HBO released six new teaser images, fans hunted for any clues they could find, with a photo of Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark catching the eyes of many.
At first glance, the image simply shows Sansa sitting in a dimly lit area, wearing a full winter cape and staring off into the distance. However, some Twitter users pointed out what appears to be a face in the background, peering between some draped cloth hanging from above.
“EW has new photos the next episode of GoT and WHO IS THIS BEHIND SANSA???” wrote author Alexandra Bracken on Twitter Wednesday. “I’m not imagining that face am I??”
While the possible face has some fans freaking out, others are hypothesizing who this potential mystery character could be, with many users guessing Littlefinger aka Petyr Baelish, played by Aidan Gillen. Baelish was killed by Sansa’s little sister Maisie Williams’s Arya Strark in season seven of the show, reports Entertainment Tonight.
EW has new photos the next episode of GoT and WHO IS THIS BEHIND SANSA??? I’m not imagining that face am I?? pic.twitter.com/FULNQ0tDlL
— Alexandra Bracken (@alexbracken) April 25, 2019
“I’m convincing myself that person behind sansa is littlefinger but it’s watch it be an extra or somethin….” wrote Twitter user @lannisterj. “I’m clinging to this theory that he’s not dead so bad !!”
Others seemed a bit more stressed about his appearance, using memes to cope with the possibility of one of the show’s most hated characters making a comeback. “People: that looks like Littlefinger behind Sansa Me:” tweeted user @queerantanist with an image of what appears to be a piece of art, edited to sweat.
People: that looks like Littlefinger behind Sansa
— leo (@queerantanist) April 25, 2019
However, other users seem to think the possible face was just an accident that ended up in the final cut. “Is it just me who thinks that creepy face behind sansa in the new still is just an extra who isn’t used to not looking at the camera,” wrote Twitter user @alaynestoned.
While this image is generating buzz, HBO also released five other photos teasing the upcoming episode. One the images features Sansa and Arya looking at each other in what appears to be an outdoor setting.
Others show the beloved, and recently Knighted, Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, and her not-so-secret crush Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The duo looks terrified with swords drawn and their warriors behind them.
Another photo that worried fans shows Kit Harington’s Jon Snow, exhausted and covered in mud.
While the photos may give a small insight into the third episode in the show’s final season, fans will have to wait until the highly-anticipated instalment drops Sunday night.
New ‘Game of Thrones’ Opening Credits May Confirm Dany Is Azor Ahai
The Game of Thrones opening credits got a major redesign for Season 8, and while much of the attention has gone to new detailed depictions of Winterfell and King’s Landing, there could be a major spoiler hiding right in plain sight. The reimagined astrolabe now shows historic moments from the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones, but one image in particular could also hint at a big reveal coming in Season 8. Do the new opening credits confirm that Daenerys Targaryen is the Prince That Was Promised (aka Azor Ahai reborn)?
Azor Ahai, Explained
Before we dive into this theory, it’s worth revisiting what the Azor Ahai prophecy is all about. Here’s the short story: Way back before Game of Thrones began, there was an epic battle between the White Walkers and an army made up of early humans and the Children of the Forest (basically, GoT elves). Azor Ahai led that army while wielding his flaming sword, Lightbringer, which got its power after he stabbed it through the heart of his wife, Nissa Nissa.
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Now, with the White Walkers once again on the attack, some characters are hoping that Azor Ahai will return, reincarnated into one of the show’s main characters. The biggest proponent of this theory is probably the Red Witch Melisandre, who originally thought Stannis was “the Prince That Was Promised” but later shifted her attention to Jon Snow. (It’s worth noting that in the original High Valyrian, “prince” is a non-gendered word, so it could be a man or a woman.)
Why Dany Is Azor Ahai
Remember a few minutes ago when we were talking about the new Game of Thrones intro credits and one image in particular. Here it is again:
That thing in the top left corner is clearly the red comet that streaked across the sky back in Season 2. It was visible in both Westeros and Essos, and the books go into more detail on how different people interpreted it. In King’s Landing, it’s King Joffrey’s comet, but Dany’s Dothraki followers call it “bleeding star.”
In a way, Daenerys really was born “under a bleeding star.” When she stepped into the flames at the end of Season 1, she emerged a new person, the Mother of Dragons. The astrolabe seems to confirm this, too, showing Dany as a fourth dragon, which suggests she was spiritually reborn when her dragons hatched.
“Born amidst salt and smoke” could also refer to that same moment when she emerged from the flames unharmed, or it could be a reference to her Targaryen ancestry. Either way, the fact that the “bleeding star” shows up in a drawing of Dany and her dragons feels like a very big hint that Dany might just end up being Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised and the one who defeats the Night King once and for all.
If that’s the case, it may mean she also has to kill her lover, Jon Snow, to activate her own version of the legendary sword Lightbringer. But considering their last interaction with Jon, she might not hesitate to do it.