It’s finally time to save the date. After months of waiting, HBO revealed on Sunday night that the final season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on Sunday, April 14. The date was announced with a cryptic new commercial as the lead-in to the Season 3 premiere of Mahershala Ali’s True Detective; a fitting start to another very cryptic and confusing series. HBO knows how to both entertain us and stress us out.
During the Golden Globes earlier this month, HBO premiered a teaser trailer for their biggest shows in 2019. The video included our first look at a scene from Season 8 of Game of Thrones, which showed Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arriving in Winterfell, with Jon’s sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) graciously handing over the North to Khaleesi. We don’t buy it, but we are excited about it.
What the trailer didn’t show was the reunion between Jon and little sister Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), a meeting we’ve been waiting seven seasons to witness. We’re gonna cry. We’re totally going to cry. With HBO’s new date announcement on Sunday night, the Stark siblings were once again together, although the video is likely not a scene from the upcoming season. So, no crying.
In the new promo, Jon, Arya and Sansa walk through the crypt of Winterfell, passing by the statues of their dead relatives, including Ned and Catelyn Stark. The trio eventually make their way to their own statues before a frozen mist begins to cover the crypt, a symbol of the impending war with the White Walkers. Jon and Arya draw their swords and Sansa stands around looking cool. You’d think after all these years she would start carrying a weapon.
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Our first instinct is to read into the new promo as much as possible, including trying to decipher whether the statues show the Starks at their current ages, meaning they die this season. Also, where’s Bran? He’s the only Stark sibling missing, so does his absence mean he’s fully taken on the form of the Three Eyed Raven? There’s also the theory that he’s the Night King, meaning the cold mist creeping into the crypt is the Starks’ little brother. Now that’s cryptic and confusing.
Of course, there’s also the very likely explanation that the promo tells us…nothing. Remember when HBO released a teaser that showed just about every major character in the Hall of Faces? While Game of Thrones loves killing characters, they haven’t killed everyone. Yet.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14. You can watch Seasons 1 to 7 of Game of Thrones now on Crave.