At long, long last, Game of Thrones fans finally have a small deluge of footage to pore over now that the first official Season 8 trailer has been released. To be expected, it's full of intense stares, lots of fires, flying dragons and large-scale armies. Watch the full promo below and get ready for the biggest battle in TV history.
No matter how many times it happens on this show, there's something magical about watching dragons flying overhead, especially now that they're so massive and intimidating. While there's no official look at the Night King or any plans he's got for his own mythical beast-weapon, but my money is on Dany's pets being a major advantage in the upcoming conflict. Sansa is at least appropriately awed at their appearance.
While it's easy to get distracted by dragons in the official Season 8 trailer for Game of Thrones -- seriously they are everywhere in this full look at the grand finale of the HBO drama -- we do get glimpses at a lot of other stuff that is going. First of all, we see a lot of of the players we know will be involved in humanity's fight against the White Walkers. We also get some glimpses at oft-unseen players such as Gendry. Plus, the trailer confirms Beric and Tormund will appear in Season 8.
If all of that is not enough to get excited, Arya is front and center in the Season 8 trailer. Per usual she's talking about death, which sets an ominous tone for everything else that should be coming during the season. She says that she "know[s] death," that death has "many faces" and that she's "look[ing] forward to seeing this one." The trailer then cuts to Bran talking of home, of Dany and Jon traveling together and of Sansa looking upon dragons.
It's not just the Starks who we see in this trailer, of course. The Lannisters get their due and we even get a shot of Greyworm and Missandei making out, which makes sense given their love story makes up a huge chunk of the screentime they are given. HBO really does spend a lot of time trying to give the audience glimpses at people like Brienne and Jorah so that we know they will factor in, somehow. (In fact, it looks as if it will be all hands on deck for a big battle.) The final season will clearly be a wrap-up; that's not new information, but the trailer does make it clear we are heading toward an ending. Hopefully it will be a memorable one.
Unfortunately, the trailer's release doesn't just mean that the entire season is available to watch right now, and fans will need to wait until Sunday, April 14, to watch the start of Game of Thrones' final season on HBO. Will it be the biggest event of the midseason? You can bet your dragon-skinned hat it will be. For now, be sure to take a look at what we know about the long-awaited Season 8 with our full guide.