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  • A trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones is out.

  • And it shows that the start of Season 8 is a lot like the start of Season 1 – with a queen and a king coming to Winterfell.

  • But this time, the queen is Daenerys, and the king is Jon Snow.

  • Daenerys brings her army of Unsullied, and a boy watches from above, just like how Bran watched from above in Episode 1.

  • Daenerys also brings her dragonsthe first dragons at Winterfell in a over a hundred years.

  • There's a lotta magic and symbolism in these creatures of fire flying above this icy fortress.

  • Sansa Stark has never seen dragons and magic before.

  • Most of her story has been in the south with the political plots, so she was uncomfortable last season, with psychic Bran and Faceless Arya.

  • If Season 8 is all about fantastical magical battleshow will Sansa and her skills fit in?

  • Sansa has enjoyed ruling Winterfellwill Queen Daenerys threaten her power?

  • Arya also sees her first dragonand she's excited.

  • She's always wanted adventure and freedom and powerand that's what dragons represent.

  • Arya is a fan of Visenya Targaryen , a dragon queen from hundreds of years ago.

  • So maybe Arya will also like Daenerys, this new dragon queen.

  • We see Jon and Daenerys with the dragons, Rhaegal and DrogonRhaegal is the green one, and Drogon the red one.

  • Daenerys rides Drogonit's named after her first husband, Drogo.

  • And Rhaegal is named after Rhaegar Targaryen.

  • Rhaegar is Daenerys' brother, and Jon's real father.

  • So maybe Jon will ride Rhaegal.

  • There could be a cute montage of Daenerys teaching Jon to rideoh wait we already saw that.

  • The dragons have a bunch of blackened boneswhich was probably their breakfast.

  • But we heard last season that Winterfell doesn't have enough food for its peopleso will they be able to feed two giant dragons?

  • If they get too hungry, they might start eating people, which was a problem in Meereen.

  • Daenerys used to have three dragonsbut Viserion was killed and taken by the Night King.

  • Can Drogon and Rhaegal defeat their undead sibling?

  • Jon stands in the Winterfell godswood.

  • This is where Ned Stark came to pray and contemplate.

  • Jon thinks that Ned is his father.

  • But last season, Bran and Sam learned the truththat Jon is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

  • Sam plans to tell Jon about his parents , and he looks worried.

  • Cause the truth will make Jon and Dany's relationship a lot more complicated.

  • For one thing, it means that Daenerys is Jon's auntand they boatsexed.

  • But also, Daenerys' identity is built on her beingthe last Targaryen” , heir to the Throne.

  • If Jon is the true heir, ahead of Daeneryswhat has Dany been fighting for all this time?

  • It also questions Jon's identityis he a Stark or a Targaryen, a bastard or a king?

  • It looks like Jon and Dany have a D&M in the Winterfell crypts, possibly by the statue of Jon's real mother, Lyanna.

  • This again parallels Episode 1, when Ned and Robert discuss Lyanna in the crypts.

  • We also see Tyrion, who was very concerned last season about Jon and Dany's relationship.

  • How will he react to Jon's true parentage?

  • And whose side is Tyrion really on?

  • There might not be much time to angst over incestbecause the white walkers are coming to attack Winterfell.

  • Jaime Lannister arrives, and says he'll helpfight for the living”.

  • Last season, Jaime promised to help fight the white walkers , and now, he wants to keep that pledge.

  • Jaime has always been hated as an oathbreaker and kingslayerthis war is Jaime's chance at redemption.

  • He's got a lot of crimes to redeemlast time he was at Winterfell, Jaime crippled Bran.

  • Jaime fought against Ned, and warred against Robb.

  • Will the Starks make alliance with their enemy?

  • Probably.

  • Because as Jon says, everyone alive ison the same sidenowfighting against the dead.

  • So everyone prepares for battle at Winterfell.

  • We see Davos on the wallseven though he isn't much of a fighter. We see Edd, Tormund and Beric.

  • It looked like Beric and Tormund mighta died last season when the Wall fellbut they've survived to fight again.

  • Edd became commander of the Night's Watch when Jon leftnow looks like he musta ran south when the Wall fell.

  • But how much of the Night's Watch survived? That was an eight thousands years old institution is that gone.

  • Maybe with the white walkers coming, everyone is Night's Watch now.

  • We see Gendry with a big pile of dragonglass, mined from DragonstoneGendry'll need to make a bunch of weapons to fight the dead.

  • But hopefully there'll also be time for him to reunite with his old friend Arya.

  • We see Jorah and the Dothraki.

  • Jorah has the sword Heartsbane.

  • This is the Valyrian sword of House Tarly that Sam took from his dad.

  • But Sam isn't good with a sword, so it makes sense he'd give Heartsbane to Jorahthey made friends last season.

  • We see Brienne and Podrick with the knights of the Valethese guys only came north to help fight the Boltons, they never signed up for this World War Z shit.

  • But again, everyone's coming together to fight the dead.

  • We see Grey Worm kiss Missandeiwhile Jon's voiceover says that the white walkers don't feel.

  • This is a reminder of why everyone's fighting.

  • This war isn't for a lord or a thronethis is about the survival of life and love itself against the cold dead enemy.

  • Grey Worm looks intense as he prepares for battle.

  • The Unsullied were bred to be emotionless, but with Missandei, Grey Worm has found a something worth fighting for.

  • There are trebuchets behind the Unsullied, maybe to throw fire at the dead.

  • While the warriors prepare for battle, we see women and children and Varys in the crypts.

  • This is like the battle of Helm's Deep in Lord of the Rings – a Game of Thrones director

  • said he studied that battle for this episode. Varys looks scared and out of place,

  • when he used to be so confident and powerful in the politics of King's Landing.

  • How can Varys stay relevant in this magical apocalyptic finale?

  • We should, at least, get some good conversations here during the battleit could be like in the Red Keep during the battle of the Blackwater.

  • In the background, we see Gilly and her baby.

  • Remember, this baby was originally meant to be sacrificed to the white walkers,

  • and when Gilly took the baby south instead, the walkers came after him. It's possible that the walkers still want Gilly's baby.

  • It's also possible that the dead might rise from these cryptsthere are hints in the

  • books about ancient Starks with white walker blood, go watch that video.

  • The battle for Winterfell begins.

  • Brienne and Jaime fight the dead on the walls.

  • Brienne wields the Valyrian sword Oathkeeper, while Jaime uses Widow's Wail.

  • Both these swords were made from the Stark sword Ice.

  • So the reunion of Brienne and Jaime has all sorts of symbolic weight to it.

  • This is also kinda like a dream Jaime has in the books, where he and Brienne wield flaming swords,

  • and face the dead amidst darkness and doom. Which connects to the prophecy of Azor Ahai, and Nissa Nissa, and could mean the deaths of Jaime and Brienne.

  • We see the Hound amidst fire.

  • And the Hound is afraid of fire, because when he was young, his brother the Mountain burned his face.

  • Fire is why the Hound ran from battle in Season 2, and was afraid of Beric in Season 3.

  • Maybe now, the Hound will face his fear to defeat the dead who haunt himboth metaphorically and literally.

  • Cause it's hinted that the Hound will face the Mountain in a fight called Cleganebowl.

  • Since the Mountain is undead, the Hound might need fire to defeat him.

  • We also see Jon running, doing something heroicin the books, he also has a dream of fighting the dead with fire.

  • We see horses running across snow, and it looks like there might be some wolves in there as well.

  • We might see Jon's direwolf Ghost, or even the wolf pack led by Arya's direwolf, Nymeria.

  • We see Arya doing some spin moves with a sticklike the Faceless Men trained her.

  • Or maybe it's a dragonglass spear to kill the dead.

  • But her victim here has a lot of bloodzombies don't usually bleed that much.

  • Remember, the white walkers can also raise animals, like polar bears, and there are stories of giant ice spiders.

  • The night is dark and full of terrors, and Arya may face them.

  • Arya says “I know Death.

  • He's got many faces.

  • I look forward to seeing this one” . Cause remember, the Faceless Men taught Arya about the Many-Faced God, a name for Death.

  • The Night King, leader of the white walkers, is an embodiment of deathit's like a symbol of the people Arya's killed, and maybe of her own death.

  • Arya takes a dragonglass dagger, to kill white walkers, but it looks like things go badly for her.

  • The trailer starts with Arya looking scared and hurt in the darkshe's got a wound on her head, and she's running in terror.

  • When was the last time Arya looked so scared?

  • It looks like Arya is running from zombies, but why's she so afraid if she's a dragonglass dagger and Valyrian blade?

  • Maybe those zombies were people she knew.

  • Maybe they're dead Starks risen from the crypts, her mother or her brother.

  • One way or another, it looks like death is catching up with Arya.

  • In Book 1, Jon jokes that Arya will die in the winterthat they'll find her body with a needle still locked tight between her fingers .

  • So at Winterfell, almost every character is desperately fighting for the survival of all life.

  • But down in King's Landing, Cersei is scheming to save herself.

  • She's got a shiny new outfit, looking smug and powerfuland she's with her two best friends, the creepy mad scientist Qyburn, and the zombie Mountain.

  • Most everyone else has died or abandoned her, including her lover, Jaime.

  • Last season, Cersei sent Euron Greyjoy to buy a mercenary group called the Golden Company.

  • Here they're on Euron's ships, with their leaderHomelessHarry Strickland.

  • The Golden Company is said to bethe most powerful army in Essos”, with twenty thousand men, horses, and elephants.

  • So we finally gonna get some oliphants action in Game of Thrones.

  • In the books, the Golden Company has a complex plotline involving the Blackfyres, and a kid called Young Griff.

  • None of that seems to be happening in the showthe Company is just here to help Cersei cling to the Throne until the bitter end.

  • This looks like Strickland standing before Cersei on the Throne, with the Mountain and Qyburn,

  • but this character is unclearmaybe Euron, or the banker Tycho Nestoris, or even Sansa with the red hair?

  • It's hard to tell.

  • In this shot, Cersei looks more vulnerableshe's got sort of a smile, but also tears in her eyes.

  • She's drinking wine, which is weird, cause last season, Cersei said she was pregnant.

  • Maybe Cersei loses her unborn childand with nothing left to protect, she'll unleash her full fury upon Westeros.

  • There also this weird shot.

  • Maybe it's Jon at Winterfellor maybe it's Arya in King's Landingthat could be a brazier in the Great Hall.

  • It looks she's holding a bow, and we know Arya can use a bow.

  • Maybe this shot is Arya is trying to kill Cersei, like she said she would last season.

  • Will Arya succeed and kill the queen?

  • There are rumours that this'll be the only trailer for Season 8 – so this might be the last ever trailer for Game of Thrones.

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A trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones is out.

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