HBO has released the first teaser trailer of the final season of Game of Thrones, premiering April 14, 2019.
While the first six seasons had ten episodes each and the seventh had seven, the eighth and final season is going to have only six episodes.
However, rumor has it that each new episode will be ninety minutes long – about feature film-length.
At the post-Golden Globes bash on Sunday, HBO chief Richard Plepler claimed that he had seen parts of all six episodes of the upcoming season of GOT, according to ‘Variety.’
“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie’,” Plepler was quoted by the magazine as saying.
Speaking highly of showrunners Benioff and Weiss, Plepler told ‘Variety.’
“They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
The one-and-a-half-minute trailer of the fantasy drama television series is entirely focussed on the Stark children – Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Sansa (Sophie Turner), and Arya (Maisie Williams) – who are apparently reuniting at the family crypt at Winterfell.
Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is, however, missing from the teaser, which is not really surprising given there’s no love lost between him and his siblings, especially in his new avatar as the Three-Eyed Raven.
As Jon Snow walks past the statue of his mother, Lyanna Stark, a feather falls to the ground and Jon turns around to look, as if he heard the feather fall behind him.
The brief trailer shows the three siblings walk past the statues of their fallen family members, hearing voices from the past – voices of Lyanna, Ned, and Catelyn whispering bygone events – as they go through the foreboding Winterfell crypt.
They finally come to the end of the hallway and guess what, they are standing face to face with their own statues even as an eerie winter chill creeps up towards them, blowing out their torch and forcing them to draw their swords.
There’s hardly anything that the teaser gives away and, for all we know, the entire footage could have been shot purely for marketing purposes and, probably, doesn’t even include actual scenes from the season – but that’s just a thought.
That said, whatever little the teaser has revealed has been enough to send GOT fans in a tizzy, with many a speculation flying around.
Here are some reactions on Twitter.
pls be advised I am booked and busy on april 14
dont call, text, or have an emergency
i may need to call out of work on april 15 depending on circumstances
— lisa ✨? (@lisasaidit) January 14, 2019
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) January 14, 2019
John's statue is the only one that looks older ?
— Yayo Dkrt (@Dekrt) January 14, 2019
I will memorize Dany’s titles by the time the show returns ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Zwvq8QczKw
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) January 14, 2019
JON AND ARYA PULLING OUT THEIR SWORDS AT THE SAME TIME IS MY NEW SEXUALITY https://t.co/HImBZD3Kr0
— Suzie Sainwood (@suzannesamin) January 14, 2019
Game of Thrones | Season 8 | Official Tease: Crypts of Winterfell (HBO)