HBO has dropped the first teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season eight, giving fans some cryptic hints of what to expect.
The Game of Thrones trailer doesn’t feature any footage from the show itself or any scenes from the forthcoming episodes, instead the trail is an animation which mirrors the opening credits of the series. However, there have been suggestions from eagle-eyed fans that the trailer has given away quite a lot about the plot.
The Game of Thrones official tease called Dragonstone was unveiled yesterday (Friday, December 6) on the official Game of Thrones YouTube account as well as sharing it across social media.
Although the trailer is vague, there are definitely hints of the ending to season eight to be found in the animation.
The trailer according to express, sent fans into a frenzy as they started to analyse the 54-second video, which saw an icy mist descend upon Aegon’s painted table in Dragonstone, where both Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) have made their headquarters previously.
As the trailer continued, the icy mist descended upon a dire wolf and engulfed it – suggesting that House Stark and Winterfell could fall to the oncoming army of the dead led by the Night King (Vladimir Furdik).
Along with mist, which represents the White Walkers, there was a raging fire from the south that consumed a Lannister lion whole, again hitting that the Mother of Dragons could use her children to destroy Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) for her betrayal.
The trailer culminated with ice and fire culminating as they finally clashed in battle – a literal, visual representation of the Night King and Daenerys’ war.
Game of Thrones fan site Watchers On The Wall has now noticed the location of where the fire and ice meet: on The Trident river, suggesting that this is where the battle between the Night King and mortal men will commence.
As fans will remember, the Trident river forks into several directions which hints that things could go in a number of directions. The Trident is also where Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) defeated Rhaegar Targaryen during the rebellion against the Mad King Aerys (David Rintoul).
The Trident is also likely to be where a number of major characters are likely to perish with many speculating that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will be the one to meet the Gods in the final stand against the
There is also evidence in the books from George R.R. Martin that hint at the importance of the Trident. Most notably, in A Storm of Swords Daenerys dreams she is her brother Rhaegar and flying on a dragon over the last battle of Robert’s Rebellion.
A passage from the novel reads: “When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent.
“Some small part of her knew that she was dreaming, but another part exulted. This is how it was meant to be. The other was a nightmare, and I have only now awakened.”
Again, seem to be foreshadowing this last battle on the Trident as things come to a head. Sadly though, the ancestral home of House Stark, Winterfell, will be falling to the White Walkers, according to the trailer.