The magical, moving Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer has finally arrived, and it is so dark and full of terrors that we can … barely make out what’s going on through parts of it. Of course, that’s par for the Thrones‘ course, so we’ll just have to slow things down and brighten them up.
First, have a look at the gloriousness, and then we’ll try to clear up a few of the darker moments.
Here’s a brightened up version (not the best audio quality):
We know the big battle is coming, meaning the Night King and his army of zombified creatures; the whole of the trailer is the buildup to their arrival. There are those who think they’re above it all,
what with Euron Greyjoy (presumably) having gathered Golden Company forces …
… but a Valonqar’s long ago warning may come to haunt them.
“A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.”
Of course, what we don’t know is which (both?) Valonqar will fulfill Maggy the Frog’s prophecy (and no, I don’t think Cersei is actually pregnant. For Maggy also spoke of only three children, all of whom have already died).
It’s not only brothers who are fiercely fighting; as promised, Arya is heavily involved in the battle and indeed, she does look a little worse for the wear.
I haven’t wanted to hug her so hard since those Season 1 birds flew overhead.
Everyone is doing their best to prepare for what’s coming, including long-lost Gendry.
I’m thrilled to again see Tormund, who along with Dolorous Edd and Beric Dondarrion, survived last season’s finale.
Let’s just hope he and our beloved Brienne will have the chance to reunite.
Speaking of hopefully NOT ill-fated reunions, everybody say, “Aaaaah.”
There are lovely, sweeping shots of Drogon and Rhaegal; this time it’s Sansa whose breath appears taken away by the sight of them.
Poor old Hound is face to face with his own worst fear again.
And the ever-valiant Ser Jorah looks stopped in his tracks …
… by the arrival of the worst enemy any Game of Thrones human will ever face.
Winter, it has arrived.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO April 14th.