Game of Thrones Season Eight trailer breakdown: It’s all about Episode 3’s epic battle


Winter is nearly, lastly, right here, which is nice information for Game of Thrones followers however horrible information for the inhabitants of Westeros. On Tuesday, HBO launched the primary full trailer for the upcoming eighth and ultimate season of the hit present, set to premiere in just a little over a month, on April 14.

The trailer is moody, setting the stage for the ultimate battle between the dwelling and the useless, between fireplace and ice. Or no less than, that is what it appears to be like like. However, it is virtually sure that just about each scene from the trailer is from the primary three episodes of the six-episode season. This is hardly new for Game of Thrones, or any TV present trailer, actually. Most trailers are typically fairly top-heavy, in order to not inadvertently give away twists from earlier episodes by together with telling pictures from later episodes.

It’s particularly clear that this Game of Thrones trailer is targeted on the primary three episodes as a result of all of the motion seems to be teasing the protection of Winterfell in opposition to the undead forces of the Night King. That battle, lately teased in an Entertainment Weekly story to be “the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film,” is confirmed to happen in Episode 3.

With that in thoughts, let’s break down the Game of Thrones Season Eight trailer, particularly because it pertains to the Battle of Winterfell. As to what lies in retailer for the second half of the season — or what’s taking place within the south of Westeros — we now have much less to go on, however there are hints nonetheless.

“I know death… he’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.”

The trailer opens with Arya Stark, trying scared, operating by the halls of what is presumably Winterfell. In the EW article, Arya’s actress Maisie Williams famous that Arya has sat out each main Game of Thrones battle regardless of having been coaching for fight this entire time. Arya’s quote, that she appears to be like ahead to seeing the Night King, suggests a confidence that her scared operating belies.

The opening sequence of clips additionally contains a shot of Davos strolling alongside the partitions of Winterfell (maybe holding off his pre-battle shits, as talked about earlier than the Battle of the Bastards), and a glimpse of Varys huddling within the Winterfell crypts with some civilians. Given how he is trying up on the ceiling, plainly there’s combating occurring above. The outer partitions of Winterfell should not have held off the military of the useless. Either that, or the Knight King’s ice dragon simply flew over them.

“Everything you did brought you where you are now… where you belong… home.”

There’s a shot of Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly, who within the ultimate episode of Season 7 realized that Jon Snow is definitely a Targaryen, making him Daenerys’ nephew and the rightful inheritor to the Iron Throne. That secret must be revealed, and it’ll complicate Jon and Daenerys’ relationship — each as a Queen and her topic, and as lovers.

Bran, because the Three-Eyed-Raven, appears to be suggesting that destiny has introduced Jon to the place he’s, however he would possibly as nicely be speaking about Cersei Lannister, who additionally seems on this part of the trailer.

We do not get too many revealing pictures of what is going on on with Cersei down south in King’s Landing, however we see a glimpse of some Ironborn ships, crammed with troopers clan in gold armor. These are the Golden Company, the highly effective mercenary group from Essos that Euron Greyjoy went to rent on the finish of Season 7. They’ll represent the majority of the Lannisters’ combating power in Season 8, however it’s unclear if they will make it up North to do battle with any White Walkers. Perhaps they’re gamers for later in Season 8.

Also, hey! Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane survived the ice dragon’s assault on Eastwatch-by-the-Sea on the finish of final season, as all of us sort of suspected. They’ve apparently made it to Castle Black to hook up with the performing Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Dolorous Edd. Presumably, they ran there, as a result of operating huge distances over ice and snow within the North does not take a lot time, as Gendry proved final season.

“They’re coming. Our enemy doesn’t tire. Doesn’t stop. Doesn’t feel.”

Meanwhile, again up within the North, we hear what’s presumably Jon telling his allies what to anticipate after they struggle the Night King’s undead military. There’s a shot of Jon and Daenerys using into Winterfell together with the Unsullied military and her two dragons. This is confirmed to happen within the season premiere. Earlier tales concerning the season have revealed that Sansa is just not particularly happy that Jon has pledged loyalty to a different queen and introduced her to Winterfell, however maybe she’ll be glad to have dragons on her facet when the White Walkers assault.

From there, there is a montage of assorted secondary characters getting ready for battle. We see pictures of Gendry, Jorah Mormont, Grey Worm, and Missandei. Odds are good that not all of them will survive the battle, which EW reported will function “the largest number of GoT major characters together since the show’s debut episode in 2011.”

“I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.”

Then there is a shot of Jaime Lannister combating in what might be Winterfell. It’s laborious to inform given the hearth, however it appears as if there’s snow on the bottom. Jaime deserted Cersei and headed up north on the finish of Season 7 when she revealed her plans to betray Jon and Daenerys’ alliance. The trailer appears to point that he makes it up north to clarify why he is becoming a member of their facet in time to struggle within the large battle, because it appears to be like like he is standing in a Winterfell tower when he delivers the road.

Jaime’s struggle is adopted by an extended, eerily quiet shot of Cersei sitting within the throne room down in King’s Landing. It seems that Euron is standing earlier than her. Cersei’s eyes seem watery and she or he appears troubled, although it is unclear as to why. She makes a giant present out of virtually ingesting her glass of wine — maybe this has one thing to do with the child she claims she’s pregnant with? Do Westerosi moms fear about ingesting whereas pregnant?

Next, we’re handled to a montage that includes moody pre-battle scenes, some combating, and pictures of dragons hovering overhead, together with a take a look at Arya’s amazed expression at seeing such a legendary creature. We see Tyrion for the primary time, and he appears to be like apprehensive, as is common within the later seasons.

One shot is particularly fascinating — it is Jon and Daenerys strolling as much as the 2 surviving dragons. Is this a touch that Jon goes to discover ways to experience Rhaegal, the dragon named after his father?

Things get quiet on the very finish of the trailer, as we see what appears to be like like the ultimate calm earlier than the storm forward of the Battle of Winterfell. Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne stare out from behind the battlements of Winterfell, together with Ser Jorah, because the hooves of the Night King become visible.

The sequence of pictures — and actually the trailer as a complete — are an ominous teaser for the ultimate season, however particularly that Episode Three battle. “Look,” the trailer is saying. “Here’s this huge, deadly battle that’s going to happen. And, here are all the characters that you’ve grown to love during the past seven seasons. Which of them are going to die?”

Game of Thrones Season Eight premieres on April 14. The third episode, which is what this trailer is actually teasing, will premiere on April 28.


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