One Game of Thrones' crew member might have recently revealed that fans have a longer than expected wait before Season 8 arrives, but nobody said anything about waiting longer for sneak peeks at footage! Lo and behold, HBO celebrated the Sharp Objects finale by awarding viewers with new looks at all of its upcoming programming, and the video contained a bit of new footage from the upcoming season. Check out the video below to see the new and previously seen shots from Season 8.
Game of Thrones fans who feel like the promo contained a lot of already released footage are largely correct. For the most part, HBO did pull footage from prior Game of Thrones seasons to pepper into the promo, which also advertised the upcoming seasons of True Detective, Big Little Lies, The Deuce, and Barry. It's somewhat expected for there not to be much to show, since the long and arduous post-production process is just getting underway. However, there is one moment that contains entirely new footage, and though it's brief, is perhaps the first in-action footage that has been released for Season 8.
Those who missed it shouldn't feel discouraged, or like they can no longer qualify as a Game of Thrones superfan, since the clip is just under two seconds long. In it, we see Jon Snow reuniting with his sister Sansa at their old home in Winterfell as the show's title and the words "the final season" flash across the scene.
The snippet is so sneaky and familiar-looking that some Game of Thrones fans have argued that it, too, was older footage, perhaps mistaking this new scene with one in Season 6, in which Jon reunited with Sansa at Castle Black. The scenes are remarkably similar, given they both feature the two siblings in a warm (but not that kind of warm) embrace, but watching that meeting and the one above will quickly show any doubters these are two completely different moments.
So, why are Jon and Sansa hugging each other at Winterfell? Well, a lot has happened in Westeros since Jon left his sister in charge back in the second episode of Season 7, so we're sure he's happy to return to his home to find the place arguably in better shape than when he left it. Jon's Season 8 return to Winterfell is important, and we're guessing not long after this greeting he's going to be hit with the news from Bran and Sam that he's the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen. Fans are obviously curious about what Jon's response to this will be, and whether he'll be more stunned to hear he's the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, or that he banged his dear aunt Dany.
Game of Thrones is set to return to HBO sometime in 2019. Lots of great television is headed to viewers in the meantime and our summer and fall premiere guides are packed with dates for all the premieres and returns folks might be interested in.
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