Breaking Down the Very Dark, Very Dragon-y Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

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It’s been over 18 months since we last saw Game of Thrones, and now, astoundingly, the final season is barely a month away. Tuesday saw the release of the firs trailer for GOT season eight, and now, for the final time, we find ourselves trying to read whatever we can into the grim voice-overs, split-second shots of armies marching, and way-too-dark cinematography.

Brush up on all 122 action-packed seconds below, before you get into the breakdown:react to an army of the literal dead?We open on a terrified Arya Stark running through some tunnels, trying desperately to evade whatever’s chasing her. This looks like the closest thing GOT has had to an out-and-out horror sequence in some time.Where are we? Probably the Winterfell crypts, where Varys and a bunch of other non-sword-swinging characters are hiding out from whatever sort of trouble’s going on aboveground. The shades of Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings seem very much intentional.In previous seasons, we might have wondered whether these snowy battlements upon which Davos strolls belonged to Winterfell or the Wall, but now that the Wall has met its ice-dragon-y end, it’s almost certainly Winterfell.“I know death,” says Arya, while brandishing dragonglass. “He has many faces. I look forward to meeting this one.” Arya’s spent a lot of time in the company of those who worship death; how will she react to an army of the literal dead?Euron Greyjoy’s magical teleporting fleet makes another surprising appearance.Who are these troops? They look like the Golden Company, a band of Essosi mercenaries famous for never breaking a contract. (Cersei instructed Euron to hire them late in season seven.) In the books, the Golden Company has a long lineage born out of the Blackfyre Rebellion, a Targaryen civil war that took place about 100 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, but the show probably won’t get into any of that. We’ve only got six episodes left, time is precious!Our two beardiest zaddies, Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion, were last seen witnessing the fall of the Wall firsthand. They escaped, I guess, and here they are lighting it up in the Winterfell crypts.

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