Game Of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Breakdown
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
Game Of Thrones Is Coming
The first real trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones is finally here. It may be a total bummer knowing that this is the last time we'll see this cast of characters embarking on their journey toward the Iron Throne--or continuing to rule over it like jerks--but Season 8 promises to be nothing short of epic.
Coming in at a little more than two minutes, the trailer is jam-packed with characters we've come to know and love in vastly different situations than we're accustomed to seeing them in. From what's left of the Stark family fighting for their lives to Cersei Lannister relaxing, drinking while pregnant, and plotting, we have a decent idea of what's going down in the final season.
So we went through the trailer, frame by frame to breakdown what we think is going to happen in Season 8 of Game of Thrones. However, we won't know for sure until the series returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14.
Arya Is In Trouble
The trailer opens with Arya Stark, beaten and exhausted in what looks to be Winterfell. Her face is bloodied, and she is running for her life. She says, "I know death. He's got many faces."
Hiding In Winterfell
During Arya's couple lines of dialogue, we cut to the crypts of Winterfell, and very briefly, we see people huddled in there, looking up, including Varys. It seems as though there is a battle happening in the city. We're assuming that the White Walkers have reached the city during their battle with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's armies.
The Key To Winning
"I look forward to seeing this one, " Arya says as she holds up a Dragonglass dagger. As we learned in previous seasons, Dragonglass is one of two things--the other being Valyrian steel--that can kill the Night King and White Walkers, which is why Jon Snow went to Dragonstone to form an alliance with Daenerys--there's a lot of Dragonglass there.
However, seeing Arya running through Winterfell in the previous shots, leads us to believe the war between the living and dead does not go very well, and the humans are losing.
Send In The Navy
House Greyjoy's fleet is setting sail. Euron Greyjoy is currently in command, and at the end of Season 7, Euron headed to Essos to bring the might of Golden Company to Westeros to assure Cersei stays on the Iron Throne.
Who Is This?
The one thing the Game of Thrones fans at GameSpot can't stop asking is, "Who is this guy?" We debated that it could be Jaime Lannister, but you can briefly see a right hand in the shot, so it's not him. We also debated it was Jorah Mormont, but that didn't click either.
We also spent way too much time trying to research this character's sword, which we couldn't find anywhere. So who is this person? Is this Euron in fancy armor (probably not)? More than likely, this is a character from the Golden Company headed back across the Narrow Sea, someone we haven't met yet. He's got a pretty rad sword though.
More Flaming Swords, Please
"Everything you did put you where you are now. Where you belong," Bran Stark says as we see Bronn, Tormund, and Beric--with his awesome flaming sword--exit a building. There is then a quick shot of Bran talking to Samwell. It's a nice, quick shot to remind people these characters are still alive and kicking. Also, there is a sweet flaming sword.
Cersei Is Probably Still A Monster
Back at King's Landing, Cersei is still awful. Sure, she's not doing anything horrific here, but she's probably thinking about it. The Mountain is still guarding her, even though he took a quick break recently to kill the Bud Knight. Next to her is the Hand of the Queen, Qyburn.
An Incestual Power Couple
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow--the lovers who are also aunt and nephew--ride off to war with Daenerys' personal army, the Unsullied. There are two major battles that will happen during this final season: the battle against the White Walkers in the north and the battle for the throne at King's Landing.
There Be Dragons
We briefly see Sansa Stark at Winterfell, as Daenerys' two dragons, Drogon and Rhaegal, fly overhead. If you remember from Season 7, the third dragon, Viserion, died and was resurrected by the Night King, and he used it to destroy the Wall.
From what we can make out, a man is engaged in battle. Then, very quickly, there is a shot of Jaime screaming, who parted ways with Cersei at the end of Season 7. We're led to believe that this is at King's Landing. It's not.
Jaime Joins The Fight
However, after you watch the entire trailer, it seems more than likely this battle is happening at Winterfell because of what Jaime says, "I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise." Jaime has headed to Winterfell to fight the White Walkers.
Are They Going To Ride Dragons Together?
It's the moment you've been waiting for. Jon and Daenerys are going to ride dragons together. We're not sure exactly where in the Season 8 timeline this could take place, but it may be for the battle at King's Landing, for the Iron Throne.
The Final Battle
There are a few shots of the army, which includes the Unsullied, Jorah, Brienne, and Podrick. They're ready for battle, standing outside of Winterfell.
The final shot of this trailer is two horse legs entering the shot. The camera focuses on them to reveal rotted away flesh and bones. This is the Night King's horse, and boy oh boy, I cannot be more excited to see how this battle turns out.
We'll get to see all the intense action for ourselves when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.