As excitement continuously increases for the fast-approaching final season, the official Game of Thrones social media pages have dropped even more promotional material. An ominous teaser showing a snow-covered and deserted courtyard of Winterfell sets the unsettling and uneasy tone of forthcoming episodes. Most of the show’s main players are now located at the Northern hold-fast at the start of season 8. We also have confirmation that it will be the arena for the show’s largest battle in episode 3, therefore it is unsurprising it is the location being highlighted in multiple promotional videos.
The crypts of Winterfell were used in this season’s first promotional teaser back in January. Much like that piece of promo, this new teaser also seems to include content used purely for marketing purposes, and not an actual scene from any upcoming episode.
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Eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot many subtle Easter eggs throughout this short teaser, ominously foreshadowing our favourite characters’ deaths. We see the abandoned swords of both Arya (Maisie Williams) and Jon (Kit Harington), Needle and Longclaw. Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) wheelchair appears to be broken at the bottom of the stairs. And Jaime Lannister’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) golden hand, along with Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) silver dragon chain appear lost in the deep snow now blanketing the environment. Whilst it is not confirmed that all these aforementioned characters die in the Battle of Winterfell, the midpoint of this season, it seeks to remind us that death is looming over all.
HBO also released a small collection of new episode stills. Unfortunately, most of which are merely different angles and shots of scenes displayed in previously released content. However, these new photos do give us more insight into characters interactions, feelings and relationships. Almost all appear to be from the premiere episode, showing Daenerys exploring the new territory of Winterfell. As well as hinting at a frosty reception from many folks up in the North. Our excitement also builds remembering that many pivotal characters will finally be meeting for the first time.
Perhaps it can now be implied from this different angle that this is a scene in which the Targaryen queen and the Lady of Winterfell interact and warm to each other? Or maybe not? Sansa actress Sophie Turner recently stated that her character was wary of Daenerys, and even believes she’s manipulated Jon into swearing fealty to her. It would certainly benefit Dany to have a warmer relationship with more Northerners as others images heavily suggest an unpleasant and cold welcome for her and her party.
Game of Thrones returns for its final season, premiering on HBO, Sunday April 14th.