It's nearly time for Game of Thrones season 8, which will bring the story to a close, and HBO has finally unveiled a full-length trailer that's packed with tantalizing reveals. We're here to break down the major beats of the trailer, as well as a few things you might have missed.
Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin and adapted for TV by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers, and also won a record number of Emmy awards. It's been almost two years since season 7 premiered, as the six-episode final season required the series' longest stretch of production in order to give the story a suitably epic send-off. In season 8, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have united, along with other allies, to face the coming threat of the Night King, the White Walkers, and their army of wights - who threaten to wipe out all life in Westeros. Back in King's Landing, however, Queen Cersei is making her own plans.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14, and there are sure to be casualties in the war between the living and the dead. We may also see some mysteries solved, like the origins of the Night King and the White Walkers... or perhaps those answers will be saved for the upcoming spinoff series. Let's take a close look at the trailer, to see what lies ahead in Game of Thrones season 8.
- This Page: Robb Stark's Return, The Golden Company, and More
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- Page 3: The Lannister Brothers, The Night King's Arrival, and More
10. Arya Injured Inside Winterfell
The Game of Thrones season 8 trailer opens with an intriguing sequence in which young Arya Stark - stripped of her cool assassin demeanor - is hiding in the darkness. We then see her running through the halls sporting a nasty head wound, apparently fleeing someone or something. This doesn't seem to fit with the battle sequences that we see throughout the rest of the trailer, since there's no one else around. It's possible that the Faceless Men have caught up with her, and plan to take her out for using the skills she was taught to take her own revenge instead of worshipping the Many-Faced God. Or perhaps the battle ends poorly for Winterfell, and this is a scene from its conclusion.
19. Robb Stark Watches Over Winterfell's People
As a spymaster, Varys' talents have never been much use on the battlefield, and it unsurprisingly looks like he'll be sitting out the battle with the Army of the Dead. We see him in the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer with the women and children of Winterfell - and there's someone else with them as well. The statue in the background of this shot can only be Robb Stark, with his faithful direwolf, Grey Wind. Both were brutally murdered at the Red Wedding back in season 3, and since Ned Stark has his own statue below Winterfell, it makes sense that one would have been erected for the former King in the North as well. There's certainly something poignant about the people of Winterfell huddling around Robb's statue as they listen to the battle overhead. Seated right by Robb's feet is Gilly, along with Little Sam.
18. Arya Stark Welcomes Death
Like the other surviving Stark children, Arya Stark has changed a great deal since she was first introduced as a scrappy tomboy in season 1. Now an assassin who has trained with the Faceless Men, Arya has finally returned to Winterfell to check some more names off her list, and help her siblings in the fight against the Army of the Dead. We see her examining a roughly-made weapon - most likely one of the dragonglass blades that has been made for the upcoming battle - and saying, "I know death. He's got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one." Unfortunately, Arya's usual sword, Needle, isn't made from Valyrian steel, so she'll have to use dragonglass if she wants to kill a White Walker.
17. Euron Greyjoy's Fleet and the Golden Company
While almost everyone else is making plans to stop the Army of the Dead from killing everyone, Cersei naturally only has her own interests at heart, and she has a dangerous ally in Euron Greyjoy. Towards the start of the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer we see ships with Euron's kraken sigil and, on board, the Golden Company - sellswords hired from Essos to bolster Cersei's forces in her planned assault on whoever survives the upcoming war. The blond-haired leader looking over the troops is their leader, Harry Stickland, who is played by new cast addition Marc Rissman. It's a powerful reminder that even if Jon and Daenerys succeed in defeating the Army of the Dead, there's still a dangerous enemy to the south who is ready to pounce while they're weakened.
16. Tormund, Beric, and Edd Face the Night
For a while Game of Thrones had reason to be very worried about Wildling leader Tormund and Brotherhood Without Banners leader Beric Dondarrion, as they were on the Wall when the Night King destroyed it with his Ice Dragon. However, this shot confirms that they're still alive and well, and Beric still has his flaming sword - which should prove useful in the upcoming fight. They're accompanied by Jon's old friend Edd, who was left in charge of the Night's Watch after Jon's departure. It's unclear where exactly they are in this scene, though it's possible that Tormund and Beric headed to Castle Black after surviving the assault on Eastwatch.