For almost two years, Game of Thrones fans have had to wait patiently for the final season to arrive, spending countless hours online speculating about what Daenerys and Jon Snow would name their hypothetical incestuous love-child while counting down the minutes until Season 8 officially begins. With the final season set to debut next month, HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming season (well, technically, there was a previous Season 8 trailer but it only featured old footage so we aren’t counting it) and Throne-heads will be ecstatic to see the new season appears to have all the dragons, betrayal, and war that we have come to expect from the ground-breaking series.
The trailer begins with everyone’s favorite teen assassin, Arya, running in fear from some unseen figure while telling someone, in voiceover, “I know death. He has many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.” From there, we get a glimpse of a variety of fan favorites, including Sam Tarly, Tormund, and what appears to be the back of Brienne’s head, as Bran says something ominous and confusing, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Stark-Turned-Three-Eyed-Raven.
Following their hook-up last season, Daenerys and Jon are heading back to Winterfell and while Sansa will surely be delighted to see her brother, she seems far less excited when Danny’s two remaining dragons make their patented terrifying arrival. For his part, Jon does what he always does: reminding everyone (including the audience) that the White Walkers are on their way to fuck everything up.
“They’re coming,” Jon states. “Our enemy doesn’t tire. Doesn’t stop. Doesn’t feel.”
Cersei makes two wordless appearances in the trailer, both times giving her legendary ice stare that makes it clear she has no intention of helping anyone but herself. Her brothers, Tyrion and Jaime also show up, with Jaime still intent on helping fight against the White Walker army.
The final shot of the trailer is the one that everyone has been waiting for, as the armies of Westeros see the White Walkers approaching, presumably to fight the biggest battle in TV history. We can’t wait.
The final season of Game of Thrones debuts on HBO April 14.