Fans are calling the latest Game of Thrones trailer… enigmatic. The Crypts of Winterfell, where the teaser takes place, scandalously holds most important secrets, counting Jon’s exact ancestry. And the teaser feels like a deep clue that even more of its secrets will be revealed in Season 8.
First, some backdrop: The Crypts of Winterfell are the huge (even larger than the castle itself), inexplicable, antique underground resting spot for generations of Starks. They’re the basis of many bizarre Northern tales, as well.
Several book characters — most particularly Jon, Bran, and Melisandre — have dreams about them, and visceral reactions to their odd pull. Jon is horrified of them, for instance, while Bran and Arya feel more affection.
A persistent show site since the very first episode, all signs point to the crypts being vital to the endgame. Obviously, the teaser could just be representational. It’s not tough to interpret the implication behind winds of White Walker winter coming for the Stark kids in the place where they will be buried.
But why not take the chance to consider the coolest, most appealing, and most well-liked theories for what part the crypts will play in Game of Thrones Season 8?
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Dragons in Winterfell
Though it sounds incredible, but proof for the survival of dragons in Winterfell is ample. George R.R. Martin’s latest companion book Fire and Blood even gave this theory more credibility, mentioning buzzes that century ago, the dragon Vermax left behind a clutch of eggs in the crypts.
Then there’s the very strange truth that Winterfell is built over an atypical geographical inconsistency: natural hot springs that several legends consider are kept hot by a dragon trapped inside the crypts. However, that’s perhaps just an old wives’ tale, with the more probable chance being that Jon and Dany will hatch new dragons in Winterfell.
Winterfell’s hot springs burn with heat only seen in two other places: Valyria (the ancient fallen city of the Dragonlords) and Dragonstone (where the Targaryens ruled and hatched dragons). Maesters also think dragons can only be born close to such points of volcanic heat. In the books, there are even persistent predictions and dreams about waking dragons, mostly ice dragons, from stone.
Melisandre alleges only king’s blood could raise said stone dragon, so hello King in the North Jon Snow. That’s not to mention Dany, who adds even more dragon blood and magic, and who is seen in another latest Season 8 clip arriving at Winterfell.
The Season 7 finale even incorporated a discussion between her and Jon talking about the prospect of her having more kids, and to date all of Dany’s babies have been reptilian fire breathers.
A prison for the Great Other
Others guess that rather than housing a fire monster, the crypts could serve as a prison to keep in the true King of Winter. The proof is less convincing for this one, but comes down to the renowned figure famous as Bran the Builder. He’s the Stark accredited with building the Wall with magic and giants thousands of years ago, after the first Long Night when the White Walkers were beaten.
Legends say that at that time, Bran also built the first and oldest level of the crypts, which are currently collapsed and inaccessible.
But this speculation posits that the barricade was decisive, with Bran the Builder using more of that White Walker-stopping Wall magic to trap an even greater evil than the Night King within the crypts. Maybe it’s the Great Other, the R’hllor religion’s big bad god of darkness and night.
Imagine a scenario in which the Great Other is the source of the frosty breezes in the trailer, rather than the Night King? Worse still, what if the plan all along was to release the Great Other from his Winterfell prison?
Dead Starks will rise
Pretty upsetting, however, it’s totally feasible that the Night King will arrive in Winterfell just to raise the ancient Kings of Winter from their tombs to join him.
But still others think that, in fact, the Starks might be resistant to White Walker magic. Many believe the Starks share the past and probably even ancestral blood with the Night King (and no, that doesn’t imply he’s Bran). Ice magic continues to be connected with their ancient line and would clarify what makes their house so unique.
The books also persistently refer to the stone statues of the Kings of Winter in the crypts as if they’re living, watching and waiting. But whose side will they be on?
The Battle of Winterfell
Many proofs, counting leaked set images, signify that Winterfell will be ruined in a battle. And rationally, that battle would expected be early on, as the first stop the Night King makes as his army travels south.
The gloomy icy fumes in the trailer could basically be indicative of Winterfell as the first sufferer in the approaching war. But even if the castle itself is shattered, that doesn’t imply the crypts won’t survive.
The crypts could become the last lingering stronghold for the Starks who survive. Or perhaps the battle would wake up whatever has been lying dormant within the crypts.
Jon will survive the war
This one’s not attached to any ancient theories. But fans are noting that out of the three statues, only Jon’s resemblance looks older. Sansa’s and Arya’s look like the ages they are at present. This could just be the creation of a bad sculptor. Or it could be a delicate clue that Jon will at least stay alive a few years after the war, but his half-sisters will die. And Bran? Well…
Bran is the Night King
The noticeable absence of Bran from the Stark family reunion in the teaser trailer has once again added fire (ice?) to the flame of the Bran = Night King theory.