After months of fans waiting in anticipation, HBO has released the official trailer for Game of Thrones season 8. Finally, nearly a decade after David Benioff and D.B. Weiss first reintroduced the world to George R.R. Martin‘s Westeros – winter is here. So what, if anything, does the new trailer tell us about what’s to come?
First things first: the battle with the White Walkers will begin in Winterfell. This was foreshadowed in the most recent teaser and seems all but confirmed after watching the official trailer. Secondly, oh yeah – there are freaking dragons in Winterfell! John and Daenerys are poised to take on the initial assault of the White Walkers, with all the strength of both the North and the Unsullied at their backs; a moment longtime fans of the show have been clamoring for. It’s a safe bet to assume that the bulk of this season is going to take place in between the Kingdoms of Winterfell and King’s Landing.
But what about what we don’t know: like who was Arya running from at the beginning of the trailer? Who is the blonde soldier at the helm of the Greyjoy armada, and how will Gendry factor into all of this? As they’ve grown accustomed to doing, Benioff and Weiss are playing their cards close to the chest, content to let fans extrapolate, debate, and argue about their own various interpretations of what they ‘think’ is going to happen.
Me, I know better. After seven seasons, five novels, three novellas, and one history textbook – you learn the hard way to expect the unexpected. That said, there are a few of my own predictions that I’ll put forward based on this trailer, just so I can be that guy to say “I told you so.”
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- “All the Stark children will be dead before the end credits in the final episode.”
– George R.R. Martin doesn’t give a hoot about how much you love John Snow. Neither does David Benioff or D.B. Weiss; beware.
- “John Snow will marry Daenerys.”
– The Targaryens infamously wed brother and sister for centuries to keep the bloodline pure. Remember we now know that John is really Aegon Targaryen, which would make him Danaerys’ nephew. This would bring the story full circle, thus completing the Song of Ice & Fire.
- “Gendry will marry Daenerys”
– This is the outcome that makes the most sense in my opinion. Gendry is the bastard son of Robert Baratheon and the rightful heir to Storm’s End. Robert killed Rhaegar Targaryen, Danaerys’ brother, at the Battle of the Trident. Robert’s death was the tipping point for all subsequent events to come, their marriage could be a symbolic ‘healing’ of the Seven Kingdoms. The kicker – she’s pregnant with John’s baby!
What are your predictions for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones?