Three months from today, everyone’s favorite sex-and-sword epic is finally making its way back to television. In a trailer released last night, HBO revealed that Game of Thrones‘ final season will debut on April 14.
The trailer features an impromptu Stark family reunion in the crypts of Winterfell. Jon Snow, Arya, and Sansa Stark make their way past the tombs of Ned and Catelyn Stark, whose voices echo in the chamber. The music swells, and at the end of the passageway, they confront the statues that will adorn their own graves.
If that wasn’t spooky enough, a cold wind blows out Jon’s torch and freezes a feather on the ground. Jon and Arya draw their weapons (Sansa armed only with an impenetrable stare) as a cold mist blows in. Then, the screen cuts to black.
The trailer doesn’t feature any new footage from the actual season, but it does give hints as to what’s to come. The trio looks resolute, resigned to the inevitable carnage and determined to win the battle with the Night King. Winter is finally coming, and while the Starks aren’t too excited for it we can’t wait to pour a dram of scotch and watch the battle unfold.
So if you want to get a head start on your finale party planning, some arithmetic tells us that, with six episodes in the season, the series finale will air on May 19. It’ll be a bittersweet day, but cheer up: on May 20 you can start looking forward to the upcoming prequel.