There’s just six weeks left until Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season. It seems like forever since season 7 aired but recently new information about season 8 has begun to appear. In recent weeks we’ve had the first teaser trailer, the cryptic Crypts of Winterfell trailer and some first look photos.
Now HBO have finally put out some actual footage from Game of Thrones season 8 with a full trailer. The trailer has a running time of two minutes and two seconds and gives us our first proper glimpses of what to expect in season 8.
Watch the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer below:
Arya Stark running scared
The trailer begins with the heavy and possibly frightened breather of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). We see a close up of her face, dirty and bloody. Suddenly she runs through what I presume are the halls of Winterfell. It’s not clear who or what is chasing her as it seems to have been purposely blacked out. A couple of frames do look like there’s maybe a wight chasing her. What is clear is that Arya is scared, is she being hunted? or maybe she’s trying to go and warn someone of what is coming. Her face also looks like she’s sustained an injury above her right eye.
Arya is heard to say “I know Death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one”.
She also appears to be holding a dragonglass dagger.
During this initial sequence we also see a concerned Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) walking the walls of Winterfell presumably pre-battle. There’s also a very concerned looking Varys (Conleth Hill) huddled in what looks like the crypts below Winterfell with women and children. They appear to be looking up like there is something happening above them.
Bran Stark aka the Three-Eyed-Raven sounding creepy
Before Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) speaks we see a shot of some ships carrying what is presumably Euron (Pilou Asbæk) returning with Golden Company as mentioned by Cersei (Lena Headey) at the end of last season.
Bran is heard to say “Everything you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home”. This sounds like he might be talking to Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
As he speaks there’s a shot of Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) with Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) possibly at Castle Black. This confirms they survived the Night King’s attack on the Wall at Eastwatch at the end of last season. There’s also a shot of Bran talking with Samwell Tarly (John Bradley).
Finally we see a stream of Unsullied troops marching at Winterfell.
Cersei Lannister looking pleased and then sad?
After a shot of the Red Keep we see Cersei smirking, flanked by Qyburn (Anton Lesser) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). Later in the trailer, after a shot of Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei is shown drinking wine and she looks tearful.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen riding at Winterfell together
Jon and Dany (Emilia Clarke) are shown riding horseback alongside their troops. Dany’s dragons, Drogon and Rhaegal are shown flying above Winterfell as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) looks up in awe.
Jon is heard to say “They’re coming. Our enemy doesn’t tire. Doesn’t stop. Doesn’t feel.
We see a shot of Jon and Dany down in the Winterfell crypts together. This is followed by Gendry (Joe Dempsie) blacksmithing, Ser Jorah (Iain Glenn) on horseback maybe leading the troops and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) sharing a kiss.
Jaime Lannister fighting for the North?
Jaime is shown fighting surrounded by fire and ice. It looks like he’s on the walls of Winterfell. Has he really abandoned Cersei?
Jaime is later heard saying “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise”.
Drogon and Rhaegal
Dany’s last two surviving dragons are shown soaring above the snow covered landscape.
At Winterfell as people seem to be running from something in fear, Arya is looking up in amazement. Is this the first time she’s seen a dragon?
Later there’s a shot of Jon and Dany walking towards Drogon and Rhaegal. Could she be about to let Jon ride Rhaegal? Was the earlier shot of the dragons flying, Dany giving Jon dragon-riding lessons?
Before the final shot we see some fleeting glimpses of characters. There’s soldiers running, horses charging, Sansa thinking, Arya fighting, Dany annoyed or upset, Jon running into battle, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) looking up at something, the Hound (Rory McCann) stood near fire, Jon stood by a Weirwood tree and of course one of the dragons (Rhaegal?) breathing fire.
The Battle of Winterfell
At the end of the trailer we see the armies of the North lined up ready for the biggest battle we’ve ever seen. We see a shot of Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) stood with Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman). Across the frozen battlefield the front hooves of an undead horse arrive. Presumably the Night King and his army are ready for battle.
Remember that Game of Thrones seasons 1-7 are available now on Sky Box Sets. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned Game of Thrones veteran or completely new to the show, there’s still time to watch or re-watch the previous seasons. Don’t have a Sky TV subscription? No problem! Sign up for a NOW TV Entertainment Pass free trial.
Game of Thrones will return to UK screens for its eighth and final season on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on Monday 15th April. The premiere will air at 2am GMT, simulcast with the US.