On the heels of Game of Thrones' latest cryptic Season 8 footage, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are sharing they kinda wish trailers weren't a thing. The two recently shared their viewpoint on showing footage before a series premiere, which was actually inspired by a famous filmmaker movie-lovers should know well:
David Benioff: [David Lynch] was saying he wished there were no trailers. And it's true, you could just go into a movie and see something completely fresh.
Dan Weiss: I wish there were no trailers. I just want somebody to say, 'Trust me, go see this.'
Well, that's certainly not something fans who've been obsessing over the latest released footage want to hear. David Benioff and Dan Weiss' comments to EW make it sound as though they've given some thought on whether or not audiences should go into the final season without a full trailer. Additionally, Game of Thrones is such a big show that a full-length trailer probably wouldn't persuade more people to tune in than those already planning to.
With all of that said, it seems neither man is so committed to the "no trailer" idea they've decided to abstain from doing a legitimate one for Game of Thrones Season 8. Dan Weiss said their perspective on trailers goes both ways, and it might be thanks to a trailer the duo saw during Ready Player One that swayed them into making one for GoT.
We won't though. Because then we went and saw Ready Player One with our kids and they played the Westworld trailer and it looked great. And we're like, 'Ah, we should do that.'
Bottom line, it does appear that an official trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming, although neither showrunner has given a clue as to when that may be. The fact they both enjoyed seeing the Westworld trailer ahead of Ready Player One could mean the official trailer could be paired with a major theatrical release. Unfortunately, Avengers: Endgame premieres after GoT returns, but there are a handful of other worthy films worth pairing such an event with.
There's also the Super Bowl just around the corner, and with commercials almost just as big of an event as the actual game, it wouldn't be surprising to see the full-length trailer appear there. Hopefully, whenever it arrives, it will give audiences a bit more to chew on than the three previously released clips. We're not expecting to see anyone die, of course, but maybe a glimpse of the upcoming massive battle would be nice?
Game of Thrones premieres on HBO Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what other television shows are scheduled to premiere around that time or before, hit up our midseason premiere guide.