HBO finally released the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer and everyone just went crazy. As expected, the trailer just blew everyone’s mind and I had goosebumps after watching it! So far I have watched the trailer hundreds of times and I just can’t wait for the season 8 premiere to see what finally happens in the final season of Game Of Thrones and how the show ends. The trailer mostly focuses on episode 3 of the final season, as the Battle of Winterfell will happen in that episode. We can expect something on an epic scale as the episode has been directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who has directed episodes like Hardhome and Battle of Bastards, which are one of the best episodes in the show.
As usual, I am back after analyzing the entire trailer and here are the things that I observed in the trailer. I would like to clarify that some things that are mentioned below might be obvious to many fans but there will be some fans who might not understand the references in the trailer. So this article takes into consideration all the fans who watch the show.
The White Walkers enter Winterfell
The trailer makes it clear that the White Walkers have arrived at Winterfell and we can see everyone fighting, but there’s one thing that seems very odd. We see an injured and scared Arya Stark running through the hallways in Winterfell. Yes, we have already seen Arya injured and running away from the Waif but she never seemed as scared as we can see her in the trailer. This might indicate that she faces a formidable enemy like a White Walker and is unable to kill it and hence running away. I know that she has a Valyrian Steel dagger but it’s possible that she drops it during the fight and eventually has to run to save herself. Later in the trailer, we can see that the fighting is happening on the Winterfell battlements. So there’s a high chance that the army of the dead has entered Winterfell. I know I am making a big assumption over here and I can be wrong about the part about Arya.
Women, children and Lord Varys hide in the Crypts
We know that Lord Varys isn’t a fighter and we see Varys, Gilly, baby Sam and others sitting in the Crypts while the battle is going on. We don’t know if the entrance has been sealed or not but there’s a possibility that some Wights enter the crypts and maybe even kill Lord Varys. After all, Melisandre has told him that he will die in the final season.
Theon is on his way to save Yara
It might appear that the Greyjoy’s are missing from the trailer but that’s not the case. We can see 3 ships from Yara Greyjoy’s fleet sailing and I can confidently say that it’s not Euron’s fleet because the sigils on their ships are different. You can see Euron’s ship in the below picture and can see the difference in the sigils in both the pictures.
It’s possible that Theon is on his way to save his sister in this scene.
Harry Strickland and The Golden Company
In season 7, Cersei told Tycho Nestoris that she intended to hire the Golden Company to fight against Daenerys and we soon came to know that she was serious when she revealed to Jaime that Euron hadn’t really abandoned her. It was her plan that Euron would sail to Essos “to ferry the Golden Company back here to help us win the war for Westeros.” In the trailer we can see Euron Greyjoy’s ship, Silence with sellswords from the Golden Company. In the trailer we can also Harry Strickland, who is the captain-general of the Golden Company. German actor Marc Rissmann was roped in to play the role of Harry Strickland in Game of Thrones Season 8.
If you want to know more details about the Golden Company, read the following article: What do we know about the Golden Company?
Tormund and Beric Dondarrion are alive
During the season 7 finale, the Night King attacked the Wall at Eastwatch using the undead Viserion and was able to destroy it. We saw the Wall collapsing and Tormund and Beric Dondarrion were present over there when this happened. Naturally fans were wondering if they survived the attack on the Wall. The trailer has finally made things clear for us as we can see Edd Tollett, Tormund and Beric Dondarrion walking together in what appears like Winterfell. It’s possible that they must have travelled to the Castle Black to warn others about the attack and then travelled to Winterfell where everyone must be assembling to fight against the White Walkers.
Gendry is making Dragonglass weapons
Gendry was working as a Blacksmith in King’s Landing in season 7 and he must be using his skills to create more Dragonglass weapons. We have already seen Dragonglass weapons when Jon and others travelled beyond the Wall to capture a Wight. Now that the White Walkers are marching South, Gendry must be working harder to ensure that they have enough Dragonglass weapons. We can even see a lot of Dragonglass on the floor in the above picture.
Callback to Game Of Thrones pilot episode
In the first episode of season 1, Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and during the season 8 premiere, there will be a callback to that scene as we already know that season 8 will open with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arriving at Winterfell.
“Season 8 opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army. What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters — some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories — as they all prepare to face the inevitable invasion of the Army of the Dead.”
The trailer includes another callback to the show’s pilot. We can see a young boy climbing on the wall of a house to get a better view of Jon and Daenerys’ procession arriving at Winterfell. Bran Stark who could still walk in the first episode of season 1, had climbed the walls of Winterfell to get a better view of Robert’s procession that was arriving at Winterfell.
Sansa sees a Dragon for the first time
We have already seen Arya Stark’s reaction after seeing a Dragon for the first time and now it’s Sansa’s turn to see a Dragon. Like most normal people (not you Cersei), Sansa is amazed after seeing the Dragons.
Jon and Daenerys find out about Lyanna and Rhaegar
We can see that Jon and Daenerys are in the crypts under Winterfell and it seems that Jon is standing in front of Lyanna Stark’s tomb. I compared a lot of pictures of Ned and Lyanna’s tombs with the scene in the trailer and even though it’s difficult to be completely sure, it does seem closer to Lyanna’s statue in the crypts. If that’s the case, Bran Stark must’ve told Jon the truth about his parents and looking at Jon’s expressions, it does feel the same.
Callback to the Battle of Blackwater
During the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion made use of Wildfire to burn Stannis’ ships but it resulted in the Hound abandoning the battle. We know that the Hound is scared of fire and he had abandoned the battle because he was afraid of the fire. However, things have started changing a bit after the Hound joined the Brotherhood Without Banners, who worship the Lord of Light and during the season 7 premiere he said, “it’s my fucking luck that I end up with a band of fire worshipers.”
In the trailer we can see that during the Battle of Winterfell, there’s fire everywhere and it’s a callback to the Battle of Blackwater and the Hound will again be put in the same situation. I hope he overcomes his fear of fire and fights against the army of the dead rather than abandoning the battle.
Callback to the scene where Jon meets Mance Rayder for the first time
During the trailer Jaime Lannister says, “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.” Jaime must be speaking with Jon Snow in this scene and it must be really surprising for Jon Snow, Sansa and others to see Jaime arriving at Winterfell to join them and they must have doubts regarding his intentions. However, this line by Jaime might convince Jon Snow as way back in season 3, Jon told Mance Rayder something similar to convince Mance that he really wanted to join the Wildlings. Here’s what Jon Snow had told Mance:
“Thousands of years ago, the First Men battled the White Walkers and defeated them. I want to fight for the side that fights for the living.”
Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch
This is one point where people might not agree with me and I agree that I can be wrong but I strongly believe that in the trailer Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch to take a look the damaged section of Wall. If you look carefully on the right side of the picture, you can see something that resembles the Wall. It’s possible that it might be a mountain but it does looks like a wall with what appears like the collapsed section towards the right side and if that’s really the Wall and there are 2 Dragons in the scene, it means that Jon travelled to the Wall on Rhaegal.
Harry Strickland meets Cersei
At the start trailer we are introduced to the Golden Company and later we can see Harry Strickland meeting Cersei in the Throne Room in the Red Keep. Many people must’ve missed this part as it’s not clearly visible and the scene hardly lasts for a second. In the same scene, Euron Greyjoy is standing next to Strickland and it does seem similar to the scene where Euron first arrived in the Throne Room to meet Cersei.
Still no Ghost
Almost everyone must’ve noticed this but I still want to include it in the list. Were is Ghost and why wasn’t he present in this trailer?!!! We know that Ghost will be back in season 8 but I hoped to see him in the trailer and was a bit disappointed when he as nowhere to be seen.
If you think that I might have missed any details or if you don’t agree with my analysis, please let me know in the comments section below. Game Of Thrones Season 8 airs on April 14.