After teases during the Super Bowl and brief glimpses in a sizzle reel of upcoming shows, HBO has released the first full trailer for Game of Thrones season 8. The final season of the series is set to debut on April 14th.
When last we saw our sprawling cast of characters, Daenerys Targaryen and her armies had joined forces with King in the North Jon Snow and the remaining Stark children (Arya, Sansa, and Bran, now the Three-Eyed Raven) to battle both the Army of the Dead from the north and the Lannister forces from the south. After Queen Cersei ignored pleas from Dany and Jon to help them battle the dead, her brother Jaime left Kings Landing and headed north to fight for the living. Meanwhile Bran and Samwell Tarly put the pieces of Jon Snow’s lineage together, discovering that he is a legitimate Targaryen and heir to the Iron Throne (this was not before Jon and Dany fell in love and consummated their alliance, so that’s going to be an awkward conversation once they get back to Winterfell). Beyond the Wall, the Night King and his Army of the Dead completed their march south, arriving at Eastwatch by the Sea. Using the undead Viserion, the Night King brought down a portion of The Wall, destroying Eastwatch, and clearing a path for the white walkers’ continued march south.
This is a teaser trailer, so there’s not a ton of new information to be gleaned. Here’s a few things I noticed:
We get confirmation that Tormund Giantsbane survived the destruction of Eastwatch. There was some speculation about that at the end of the last season, but Tormund is a fan-favorite, so that would’ve been a terrible way for him to go out. He hasn’t even gotten together with Brienne yet!
Here’s Jon and Daenerys down in the crypt at Winterfell. A lot of previous scenes set in this location have focused on the deceased Lyanna Stark, who we now know is Jon’s mother and Dany’s sister-in-law. I’d guess this scene is set after the truth has been revealed to both of them (there’s that awkward conversation).
We get two looks at Cersei. In the first she seems cool and confident as always; in the second, shown here, she appears visibly shaken, which we don’t see from her very often. Is she upset that Jaime’s left to fight with Dany and Jon in the North? Or has she just received word that something bad has happened to her brother?
We also get to see both Sansa and Arya’s first time seeing Daenerys’s dragons, which is always entertaining (Arya even starts to smile, which she usually only does after she kills someone).
Otherwise there are a lot of shots of characters looking pensive, some quick battle shots, and a lot of foreboding. And also some undead horse legs.
Take a look at even more screenshots below. The final season of Game of Thrones debuts on Sunday, April 14th.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.