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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Breakdown: Feather, Quotes & Stark Reveals

Reveals About Sansa And Arya In Game of Thrones

If Jon's statue is older than his current self, do Arya and Sansa's statues represent a foreboding omen for the women of House Stark? Both girls' statues have a distinctly youthful look and their clothing suggests that these two constructs are intended to represent the characters at the age they will be in Game of Thrones season 8. The presence of Arya's sword, Needle, and Sansa's Lady of Winterfell necklace seem to confirm this. This could potentially point to both women meeting their demise before the show's conclusion. While this would certainly be shocking, it's not like Game of Thrones to pull any punches.

Another notable point in the teaser is that Arya is the only member of this Stark trio not to walk past a statue or hear the echoing voice of an ancestor. Jon walks past Lyanna and Ned, seemingly hearing both, and Sansa strides past Catelyn, giving a quick glance along the way. Arya, however, walks alone through a corridor until finally reaching her sister and cousin. This is certainly an odd choice, as the clip features three Stark children and three ancestor statues and it would be more natural to split them evenly. Perhaps the most obvious explanation for this is that the teaser is metaphorically highlighting Arya's distance from House Stark. Since becoming one of the Faceless Men, Arya has turned somewhat cold-hearted and is fighting more out of love for her family than for the future of her House, unlike Jon and Sansa who are motivated by both.

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The Feather In The Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

Feather in Game of Thrones Teaser

The Game of Thrones teaser also prominently features a feather and while viewers will need a good memory to recall the history of this item, it has appeared in Game of Thrones several times before. The feather was laid upon Lyanna's statue by Robert Baratheon in season 1, only for Sansa to replace it with a candle later on. Quite why the feather reemerges in the season 8 teaser is unclear and while it could be little more than Easter egg, it could also add further weight to the argument that Jon's parentage will play a huge role in the final six episodes. The feather represents Robert's love for Lyanna and to see it fall and freeze in the teaser represents the final death of that love, perhaps because Lyanna's true husband is soon to be revealed to the world.

Where Art Thou, Bran?

As the only Stark child not to feature, Bran's omission from the teaser is undoubtedly strange. Practically speaking, walking dramatically down a corridor doesn't immediately play into Bran's strengths but there are plenty of ways to get around this issue, whether that be having him sitting in his chair gazing at the statues, or showing him already waiting for the other three at the point where they all meet. Consequently, there has to be some kind of meaning in Bran's omission.

Some fans may simply argue that Bran isn't actually "Bran" anymore, he's the Three-Eyed Raven and is therefore exempt from any Stark-related nostalgia business. However, as explored above, the same could be also said of Arya. Alternatively, it's possible that Bran's absence hints towards a popular Game of Thrones fan theory coming to fruition.

As demonstrated in the dreadfully upsetting "The Door," Bran's Three-Eyed Raven powers allow his consciousness to traverse time and this can have devastating effects in the past, present and future. Many viewers and readers have theorized that, using a similar method, Bran could actually become the Night King that currently threatens Westeros. Essentially, the theory posits that, in an attempt to save the world, Bran goes back in time to warg into the human who is stabbed with dragonglass to become the Night King.

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However, it has already been established that spending too much time in "warg mode" can mean getting trapped and, with so much at stake, Bran's mind could accidentally become embedded permanently in the Night King's body. There are numerous lines of dialogue that support this theory, such as Bran being told he will "fly" and the Night King going on to acquire one of Daenerys' dragons.

If the statues in the Game of Thrones season 8 teaser show whether or not the characters will live or die, Bran's complete absence could mean that, by the final credits, he will be neither dead or alive, but in a state of perpetual undead cold.

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Ahead of season 6, Game of Thrones released a Hall of Faces-themed teaser that many claimed was foreshadowing events such as the arrival of Lady Stoneheart and the death of Tyrion. Ultimately, nothing of the sort came to pass; it was just a teaser and it's entirely possible that the same could happen this time around. However, reading deeply into the slightest detail is par for the course in Game of Thrones and, frankly, all part of the experience. It'll be fascinating to see whether or not anything hinted at in this teaser eventually comes true.

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Game of Thrones season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO.

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