It’s official — we’re all returning to Westeros April 14.
HBO dropped a new teaser for its hit epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” on Monday and the fans (including me!) are suddenly waking up to a sad realisation: their favourite show is coming to an end.
In the teaser, we see Jon touring the crypt of Winterfell – where statues of their ancestors and recently fallen stand – and hear the voices of the late Ned and Catelyn Stark as they speak of Jon. As he passes by the tomb of Lyanna Stark, a feather falls from her statue’s hand. Jon is then joined by Sansa and Arya Stark, and as three of the surviving children of the show’s central clan walk further through the family crypt, they arrive at a set of three statues that show … themselves. Spooky! Then, a gust of wind extinguishes their torches, the cold takes over and ice creeps toward them, freezing everything in its path, including the feather. Arya and Jon draw their swords as they confront an undead situation that’s before them.
The teaser didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know about season eight but at this point, we don’t really care. We’ve waited so long since the last season for this to come, anything they give us is gold.
So then, what can we expect from this finale?
- We’re led to believe that this season will finally zero in on Jon’s true parentage. While we, the viewers, know that Jon is the product of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s marriage, the other characters would need some convincing on this. And that could explain the possibility of the three remaining Stark children setting off to the crypts, and Lyanna’s tomb, in search of evidence. Thus proving Bran’s visions correct and Jon’s true identity as the legitimate child of a Stark mother and Targaryen father. Which means he’ll realize two things: He’s actually an heir to the Iron Throne, and he’s had sex with his aunt, Daenerys Targaryen. It ain’t “Game of Thrones” without a little incest, after all.
- With that, there’s a likelihood that Daenerys is going to find herself pregnant with a little Targaryen. It was alluded to a lot in season seven – she was mentioning to Jon that she couldn’t have children. I think we’re going to find that maybe, because they’re both of Targaryen blood, that it has the power to create another Targaryen.
- Daenerys has quite the following of suitors now: Jon Snow, Ser Jorah Mormont (we feel for you, buddy), and now possibly Tyrion Lannister. Maybe it’s wrong to insinuate Daenerys will be amid a love square since she’s shown affection for only one man recently: her nephew, Jon. But it feels inevitable that tension will arise among Daenerys’ varied group of gentlemen callers as they continue to vie for her attention.
- And you have to know that this season is the season of the battle against the White Walkers. We already saw in the season seven finale that the wall has been breached. And now, a clear hint to the White Walkers was given, that will surely present the season’s largest threat — the three Starks turn to meet it, ready to fight.
Well of course, there is more to it than these. All will be unraveled coming this April 14. The show’s eighth and final season will only last six episodes but those six episodes are said to be practically feature films. So we might get enough footage for ten episodes anyway.
Be ready everyone, cause the winter is coming!