'GoT' Season 8 New Trailer Breakdown: How It Prepares Us To The Pure Joy Of The Last Season

The long-awaited moment is almost here. HBO has finally released a full trailer for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ based on the novels written by George R.R. Martin. The first episode will premiere on April 14, but this first teaser has already given fans lots of things to talk and speculate about. Let’s break down everything that happened in the clip as the White Walkers near Winterfell.


A two-minute promo might not seem like much, especially for fans who have been waiting almost 2 years for this new season. However, it promises to be the best in the series. As per ‘GOT’, the opening sequence is ominous with a piece of tonally dark music as well as Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, breathing heavily and in a panic.

Arya is seen running through the rooms of Winterfell with a bloody cut on her head and her voiceover starts: “I know death, he’s got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one.” Of course, there is no telling why or from whom Arya is running, but her scenes are cut to some of Ser Davos, played by Liam Cunningham as he walks around Winterfell, and of Lord Varys, played by Conleth Hill.

Later, there is a short cut of Greyjoy ships apparently going back to King’s Landing. Euron (Pilou Asbeak), had allegedly fled the scene when Jon (Kit Harrington) showed Cersei (Lena Headey) what the army of the dead looked like, but in reality, he plotted with her to transport the Golden Company. With thousands of mercenaries, Cersei might be able to stand against Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) armies.


Shortly after, there is a shot of Bran, played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and his voice, saying: “Everything you did brought you here now.” The Three-Eyed Raven is having a conversation with Samwell Tarly, played by John Bradley, but it’s possible that he might be speaking to Jon as well. After all, he and Sam know about Jon’s true parentage.

Meanwhile, Cersei is busy gathering forces at King’s Landing while Jon and Daenerys are riding towards Winterfell to fight alongside the Unsullied in the coming battle. The dragons appear at this point, both Arya and Sansa are amazed by their presence. However, unlike Sansa, it seems that Arya is glad for their presence. After all, she knew the stories of those rode the dragons that originally conquered the Seven Kingdoms.

Moving on, the dragons, Drogon and Rhaegal, fly over the snow-covered sceneries of Winterfell in all their majestic glory. Another voiceover starts with Jon Snow saying: “They’re coming – our enemy doesn’t tire, doesn’t stop, doesn’t feel.” As his words sounds, the trailer cut to Gendry (Joe Dempsie), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) while they get ready for what is to come.

The climax of the promo kicks into high gear at this point with Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, in a bloody battle. His opponent is not seen, but after parting ways with Cersei in the finale of season seven, Jaime is fighting for the good guys. He even says: "I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise."


After Jaime’s scene, the music quiets down, and Cersei appears, showing an uncharacteristic display of emotions in a room at King’s Landing. However, the action starts once more with scenes of the dragons fly around the North, and a shot of Jon looking at the Heart Tree where Bran usually goes to look into the past, present, and future.

There is a scene of Grey Worm preparing for battle and kissing Missandei just before leaving to face the enemy. Every fan is looking forward to more of their romance as they have both gone through so much that they deserve some happiness. Another shot has Jon and Daenerys walking towards the dragons, which suggest that Jon might be riding Rhaegal. He is a Targaryen, after all.

Tyrion Lannister appears for one short moment looking up at the sky, and then the final scene of the promo is revealed. It shows the Unsullied, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Podrick (Daniel Portman), and Jorah aligned and waiting for something. And then, the hooves of a horse appear, but it’s clearly an undead animal.

This means that the White Walkers have reached Winterfell, and it’s the whole point of this season because they were finally able to break down the wall in the last episode of season seven. There is a cut to black and the date “April 14” appears. Now that what happens in the trailer has been fully detailed, let’s analyze some important aspects.


Her journey in the series has been all about becoming a deadly killer and exacting her revenge on the Lannisters. However, she could be vitally important in the battle for the Iron Throne. Arya is running with blood on her forehead at the beginning of the promo, but later, she appears with a weapon, fighting against a foe. Arya’s skills could actually get her to the throne, but it’s unlikely that she wants it.

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Jaime left King’s Landing after discovering that Cersei did not plan to fight against the White Walkers as she promised. She almost had The Mountain, played by Hathor Bjornsson, kill her lover and brother. It was also revealed that she is once again pregnant. However, Jaime chose to fight for the right side, and he has proven to be a man of his word.

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As mentioned earlier, Cersei has an emotional moment in the trailer which is completely unexpected. The teaser did not show her body, but in the scene, she is crying and drinking wine. That could be a sign her pregnancy might have taken a wrong turn. She would not be weeping over the loss of a battle. It has to be something personal because Cersei loves her children only.

The eighth season premieres on Sunday, April 14, and it’s going to be one of the most massive TV events in history. Let us know who you would like to see on the Iron Throne. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have enjoyed the series since the beginning. See you next time!

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