New peek at Game of Thrones season 8 in HBO ’19: It All Starts Here video

Arya Season 8

HBO dropped a nice surprise for fans today, though it puts a damper on the hopes of those who were praying for a Game of Thrones trailer before tonight’s True Detective season finale. The network released a video focusing on their offerings for 2019 entitled “It All Starts Here”, teasing the best of their shows coming soon including of course Game of Thrones.

Spoilers, of course!

The Unsullied marching into Winterfell accompanied by a dragon is an awe-inspiring sight, for us and for Arya and the people of Winterfell both! I can’t wait to see how the dynamic shifts with these different groups coming together even more, and of course Arya and Jon’s imminent reunion.

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    1. Oh Arya. Childlike wonder, who knew you still had it in you. Just hope you aren’t on the receiving end of ‘submit and become my slave or die’ when it comes to those dragons.

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    2. Interesting it seems more likely by the day we will only get one trailer this time around and it won’t drop until March.

      As for this tease we get a few seconds from probably the premiere with the unsullied and Dany arriving at Winterfell and Arya looking on in amazement:-D

      Was the footage at the end and beginning new as it looked to me like it was from S7?

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    3. Alex:
      When do you think guys the official trailer is coming?

      If I had to guess I’d say in the next couple of weeks latest, probably first week of March but we are already in the phase of the latest ever trailer to drop according to Jack Bauer our resident investigator on trailers and red carpet premieres:)

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    4. Clob,

      Me too! I expect she’ll be totally on-board the Dany/Jon train given how she knows the Targaryen history so well. I’m referring to her past conversation with Tywin of course.

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    5. Visenya rode Vhagar.

      Visenya Targaryen was a great warrior.
      She had a Valyrian steel sword she called Dark Sister.

      Can’t wait to see the interactions between Arya and Daenerys! Hopefully they have a 1 on 1 scene where they talk about the dragons🤞

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    6. Well this confirms that earlier Arya promo pick was her watching Drogon appear. Winterfell people, flee for your lives, it’s a dragon. Drogon reaction, please mother let me eat at least one of them.
      It appears my theory just might be wight,
      The trailer attached to Captain Marvel, March 7th.

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    7. These teasers are a blessing and a curse. I’ll take any new GoT footage I can get, but this just makes my patience for a trailer that much more THIN.

      Cmon HBO…. first week of March let’s get that dang trailer.

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    8. Meh. Drop the trailer already HBO.
      I’ll take anything at this point though.

      When the production stills dropped I suspected the pic of Arya was her seeing a Dragon.

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    9. Arrrrrrrryyyyyaaaaa (‘s face!!!) She’s seeing something/someone she likes, that’s for sure. That makes me happy. Gorgeous dragon shot. 😊

      I’m honestly fine without a trailer, although I’m sure there will be one.

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    10. Jon Snowed: If I had to guess I’d say in the next couple of weeks latest, probably first week of March but we are already in the phase of the latest ever trailer to drop according to Jack Bauer our resident investigator on trailers and red carpet premieres:)

      Tuesday will be 47 days from premiere, which will be the latest they’ve gone without dropping the trailer. Season 4 trailer was 83 days before the premiere! Season 5 was 71 days, Season 6 was 48 days, and Season 7 was 51 days.

      The trailers for Seasons 4 and 5 were super early and they got stingier with Seasons 6 and 7. They seem content on really milking short clips and no trailer this time around.

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    11. I grow more convinced only one trailer this time around Jack in order to keep the plot points as tightly under wraps as possible. If so, they will have to drop it early March with the premiere (red carpet) coming on 3rd April.

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    12. Clob:
      ASNAWP

      The exact expression I expected Arya to have when seeing the dragons. 😀

      F*ckin’ A! My life is complete.

      (I’ve got to rewatch it a few times. It looked like some of the people behind Arya were scurrying away in fear, while she just stands there in wonderment.)

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    13. Drogon soars over Winterfell, everyone scatters. But Arya is thrilled, gazing up in wonder and joy. ASNAWP! Who’s cutting onions? Sniff. And thanks for this timely post, Sue.

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    14. Stark Raven' Rad:
      Drogon soars over Winterfell, everyone scatters.But Arya is thrilled, gazing up in wonder and joy.ASNAWP!Who’s cutting onions?Sniff. And thanks for this timely post, Sue.

      Are we linked telepathically?

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    15. Heard my phone beep the notification and rushed to it to see if it was the trailer, but alas, only a trail of crumbs, but nevertheless I loved it.

      What little bit there is to love.

      This teasing is like feeding crumbs to a starving man at a feast.

      I expect to see a trailer Tuesday!

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    16. Now *that* is the sort of thing I want to see. I can’t even remember what ASNAWP stands for any more, but nevertheless: ASNAWP!

      (Well done, Ten Bears – you have added a new word to the dictionary! If it isn’t Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Year” this year, I’ll want to know the reason why.)

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    17. LOVED Arya’s face when she saw the dragon! Oh the goosebumps!!!! Day made! I can’t wait to see her interact with Dany!!

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    18. I love (and would match) Arya’s expression!!
      I’ve little doubt she and Daenerys will hit it off.

      Of course, those few new shots are only making me even more impatient for a proper trailer. Tuesday’d be neat. If it’s possible that they won’t even drop one (would they really do that?!?!? *rages*), I’ll gladly take the press junket interviews. And posters.
      And I also can’t wait to learn the date of the final red carpet premiere (the Radio City one…)

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    19. Jay Targ,

      Clip – Arya & Tywin talk about Targaryen sisters and their dragons

      Check out Arya’s expressions at 0:40 – 1:10, and compare them to the look on her face in the snippet from the teaser.

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    20. I think that scene represents what will be the general impression on seeing dragons for the first time: fear or wonder/ excitement. 😂 But if we don’t get a trailer today I’m also leaning towards receiving only 1 for the final season. Boooooo

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    21. Hmm. Looks like we’re only gonna get one trailer this year (middle of March?)
      Looks like Arya will be a Dany fangirl.

      Looking forward to an HBO series of His Dark Materials (those books are awesome). Wasn’t even aware that was in the works, LOL.

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    22. Am i the only one who wish for no trailer at all?
      just to keep us completely having 0 knowledge about the last season?

      i can live with that.

      need more surprises

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    23. Bufferzone:
      Now *that* is the sort of thing I want to see. I can’t even remember what ASNAWP stands for any more, but nevertheless: ASNAWP!

      (Well done, Ten Bears – you have added a new word to the dictionary! If it isn’t Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Year” this year, I’ll want to know the reason why.)

      _________
      The credit (or, she’d say, the blame) for “ASNAWP” goes to talvikorppi.
      She mentioned in a comment about a year ago something about not wanting Arya’s storyline in S8 to be “Arya Super Ninja Assassin Warrior Princess fantasies.” ™️

      I, however, will take partial credit for liking that description and running with it. Hence, the acronym, “ASNAWP.”

      ™️ talvikorppi

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    24. Dark Sister:
      I think that scene represents what will be the general impression on seeing dragons for the first time: fear or wonder/ excitement. 😂 But if we don’t get a trailer today I’m also leaning towards receiving only 1 for the final season. Boooooo

      We’re not getting a trailer today.

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    25. Ten Bears,

      Thanks for clarifying that – credit where credit is due, I say!

      Pretty sure we’ll see children being named “Asnawp” before long – “Asnawp, what have I told you about playing nicely with Khaleesi?”

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    26. RAEMONTARGARYEN,

      No, you’re not alone. Season 7 was totally spoiled for me, so it would be good this time to get there the Jon Snow way, knowing nothing.
      But when the trailer comes, I doubt I’ll be strong enough to turn my head the other side…

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    27. Amazing, I’m getting a little bit more excited. I hope the trailer will wait a little bit longer when I’m done with the books and the seasons. I’m currently reading Feast and Dragons mixture, and with the show I’m just started season 3.

      And I think the trailer will drop on March 15 or 16. Exactly one month (or one less), that way they could add “In a month” in their trailers.

      About the video posted:
      – WoW just wow. I’m wondering if the wall scenes are old or new (need to wait a little bit longer till I’m there), because it’s possible we will see a scene where the wall will be destroyed completely.
      About the Arya scene. It could be 2 things. 1, unsullied and Drogon entering winterfell and she sees Drogon. Or 2. It would not be the first time they will mix 2 scenes for a trailer. It’s possible she sees Jon but I think it’s 1. Drogon time.

      About the other shows. Big Little Lies, I will watch but didn’t get warm of it in this trailer.
      Veep. Awesome as ever. She’s back, can’t wait. One week to go.
      Deadwood: Heart pumping a little bit harder, no that was a lie, it went over the roof. Can’t wait to see them on screen again. Shame it will only be a movie and not a season. Does anyone know the release date?
      Was that a snippet of Westworld?
      And I’m wondering what that show is about with Ruth Wilson. A show with her is always worth looking into.

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    28. kevin1989:
      Amazing, I’m getting a little bit more excited. I hope the trailer will wait a little bit longer when I’m done with the books and the seasons. I’m currently reading Feast and Dragons mixture, and with the show I’m just started season 3.

      And I think the trailer will drop on March 15 or 16. Exactly one month (or one less), that way they could add “In a month” in their trailers.

      About the video posted:
      – WoW just wow. I’m wondering if the wall scenes are old or new (need to wait a little bit longer till I’m there), because it’s possible we will see a scene where the wall will be destroyed completely.
      About the Arya scene. It could be 2 things. 1, unsullied and Drogon entering winterfell and she sees Drogon. Or 2. It would not be the first time they will mix 2 scenes for a trailer. It’s possible she sees Jon but I think it’s 1. Drogon time.

      About the other shows. Big Little Lies, I will watch but didn’t get warm of it in this trailer.
      Veep. Awesome as ever. She’s back, can’t wait. One week to go.
      Deadwood: Heart pumping a little bit harder, no that was a lie, it went over the roof. Can’t wait to see them on screen again. Shame it will only be a movie and not a season. Does anyone know the release date?
      Was that a snippet of Westworld?
      And I’m wondering what that show is about with Ruth Wilson. A show with her is always worth looking into.

      Veep isn’t back in a week. It premieres March 31st.

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    29. Jaime of Tarth,
      RAEMONTARGARYEN,

      Right there with both of you. I would like to see a trailer but I wouldn’t be completely heartbroken if there was none and we went into Season 8 with only teasers. I’m an anti-spoiler/leak fan so I’ve done a pretty good job so far avoiding Luka’s more spoiler-y articles since last year! Here’s hoping there’s no leaks for the final season! 🙏🏽

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    30. Jack Bauer 24:
      Was that Drogon or Rhaegal? I didn’t see Dany flying on top?

      Drogon I think. I think Dany will not be stupid to fly on drogon into winterfell. I think she’s in winterfell with the starks and Drogon come later.

      I can see it happening:
      Sansa: Winterfell is yours your grace.
      Dany: Thank you, it was a long trip and my children are hungry.
      Sansa: Of course, what do they prefer?
      Dany: Fresh Lannister with a pinch of salt.
      Sansa: Sorry we’re all out of fresh Lannister but we have stored a little finger in the freezer.
      Dany: Sounds good enough.

      5 minutes later
      Dany: DROGON DINNER IS READY!!
      *Drogon hears it, flying as hard as he can toward winterfell* Arya looked amazed how drogon tosses LF body into the air roasts it and swallows it whole. Varys looked disturbed.
      Dany: Isn’t he beautiful.
      Jon: Don’t embarrass me in front of my family, my sweet dragon.
      Dany: Jon I wasn’t talking about you, I was talking about Drogon.
      Jon: Sorry my queen, I know nothing.

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    31. kevin1989: Ow damn, somehow I got it in my head that it was between TD and GoT. Well waiting a month is not bad.

      Next Sunday night HBO is airing Leaving Neverland, the documentary about Michael Jackson.
      The Sunday after that they’re starting the 4-part documentary, The Case Against Adnan Syed. That takes them through for just needing to fill April 7th before the GoT premiere.

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    32. Clob: Next Sunday night HBO is airing Leaving Neverland, the documentary about Michael Jackson.
      The Sunday after that they’re starting the 4-part documentary, The Case Against Adnan Syed.That takes them through for just needing to fill April 7th before the GoT premiere.

      Every time they post the comments are either someone mad about no trailer or someone mad about the Leaving Neverland documentary lol.

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    33. Finally, somebody is impressed at the sight of dragons!

      Jon Snow has come through for the north. He went south to get help and returns with dragonglass, a massive army, the dragon queen and dragons! Mission accomplished.

      Imagine being on the brink of disaster and seeing all of that come to your aid? How could that be seen as a bad thing?

      It’s also striking that this foreign queen is the only one willing to defend the north while Queen Cersei, the pretender, abandons it… and all the other kingdoms, too.

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    34. Enharmony1625:
      Arya’s expression is basically me waiting for the season to start in just a month-and-a-half’s time!

      ASNAWP!

      For me, Arya’s expression looking up at the dragon was like seeing my Uber driver pull up.

      My ride is here!”

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    35. Jon Snowed:
      Interesting it seems more likely by the day we will only get one trailer this time around and it won’t drop until March.

      As for this tease we get a few seconds from probably the premiere with the unsullied and Dany arriving at Winterfell and Arya looking on in amazement:-D

      Was the footage at the end and beginning new as it looked to me like it was from S7?

      All the stuff at the end was from Season 7. The last two episodes, specifically.

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    36. Ten Bears,

      You beat me to it, Ten Bears! I watched that episode again last week during my final (for now) rewatch of the entire series and was reminded of her admiration for these mystical creatures. Now that we know what’s coming, it really gives this scene an extra dimension.

      On a side note, the next episode in my rewatch is episode 3×09 .. The Rains of Castamere. Oh boy….

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    37. I ADORED the fact that you see LITERALLY everyone behind her scurrying away in fear. I mean, you can legit see fear and terror on the faces of all of the extras/background people and Arya is LITERALLY looking up like ‘THIS IS AMAZING!’ and she actually starts to smile just as the clips ends.

      Everyone else is scared of the dragons; Arya Stark is all ‘YEAH, BABY!’

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    38. Anon:
      Finally, somebody is impressed at the sight of dragons!

      Jon Snow has come through for the north.He went south to get help and returns with dragonglass, a massive army, the dragon queen and dragons!Mission accomplished.

      Imagine being on the brink of disaster and seeing all of that come to your aid?How could that be seen as a bad thing?

      It’s also striking that this foreign queen is the only one willing to defend the north while Queen Cersei, the pretender,abandons it… and all the other kingdoms, too.

      PRECISELY!!

      And I honestly never paid attention to when/how many trailers aired for the previous seasons…no idea why, they just arrived when they arrived…which come to think of it was maybe kinda nice, since now I’m just in more pain waiting and anticipating. xD

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    39. I kinda think Jon and Arya first meeting will be bitter sweet. It will be formal and we won’t get the same dramatic embrace we got with Sansa. Sansa is a lady, and should see an emotional embrace. Arya is a warrior and a fighter and should be treated as such.

      They might have a more emotional one on one interaction later, but I think the first will be muted unfortunately.

      I kinda wish one or two scenes were added throughout the series where each other commented aloud or in conversation about each other to someone else. A scene where Jon tell Ygrit how much Arya meant to him, or a scene where Arya speaks of Jon.

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    40. Okay, that pulled at the heartstrings. It was like seeing Arya before she became stoney faced No One again. I soooooo hope we get her back this season, I miss her so much.

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    41. Nice little clip. And nice to see Arya not completely jaded.

      But I’m equally stoked to see some snippets from His Dark Materials! Looks like Lyra & Co. make it at least as far as the Bolvangar facility in the first season. I am desperately keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t make the same mistakes as the movie The Golden Compass: tacking on a happy ending to the first part, or watering down the very powerful anticlerical message of the books – their philosophical core, really – out of fear of boycotts by church groups. Based on these clips, the visual design may be less impressive than the movie, with all its wonderful Steampunk vehicles and whatnot. But we shall see.

      The detail that everyone seems so excited about is Lin-Manuel Miranda being in it. I could not imagine any more perfect casting for the character of Lee Scoresby than Sam Elliott, so I’m not feeling it. (I’m also the last person in the world who hasn’t seen Hamilton, or even listened to the music.) But I’m certainly willing to withhold judgment until the show comes out. Meanwhile, time to reread the book series!

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    42. Firannion:
      Nice little clip. And nice to see Arya not completely jaded.

      But I’m equally stoked to see some snippets from His Dark Materials!Looks like Lyra & Co. make it at least as far as the Bolvangar facility in the first season. I am desperately keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t make the same mistakes as the movie The Golden Compass: tacking on a happy ending to the first part, or watering down the very powerful anticlerical message of the books – their philosophical core, really – out of fear of boycotts by church groups. Based on these clips, the visual design may be less impressive than the movie, with all its wonderful Steampunk vehicles and whatnot. But we shall see.

      The detail that everyone seems so excited about is Lin-Manuel Miranda being in it. Icould not imagine any more perfect casting for the character of Lee Scoresby than Sam Elliott, so I’m not feeling it. (I’m also the last person in the world who hasn’t seen Hamilton, or even listened to the music.) But I’m certainly willing to withhold judgment until the show comes out. Meanwhile, time to reread the book series!

      Oh my god… I stopped watching after the GOT part and didn’t see that first watch round. I had no idea they were making this!!!!!!!!! His dark materials were my favourite books growing up. I’ve read them dozens of dozens of times. I cannot believe I didn’t know this was coming out! That makes me feel a bit relieved about the Post GOT era when I was worrying about what to sink my teeth into. I don’t watch too much TV and I only have a few shows I’m into. GOT will leave a gaping void, so I hope this show is good enough to attempt to fill some of it.

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    43. Wow HBO, enough with the teasers. As a huge fan I’m starting to just feel completely annoyed at this point with this marketing and my hype level has been affected considerably. They should have and can do better than this. It’s the final season for god sake and it starts in less than 50 days!!! Yet this is truly the lamest marketing campaign I can remember from any season yet…I expected so much more.

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    44. I wonder how Sansa will react to the dragons
      As for Bran does anyone else think he sees stuff stays stone faced rolls back to his room shuts the door and goes “OMG OMG OMG DID YOU SEE THAT” to no one in particular

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    45. There are Dothraki riders at the rear of the Unsullied column! You can see them in the first few frames of the clip of Drogon flying in.

      Seems like the foreigners are coping well with the cold and the production people decided not to go with the 30 foot snows. That would be really impractical for filming.

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    46. Sunfyre:
      Honestly got emotional just from those few seconds. Maisie made me feel it. She’s very good.

      “You have very expressive eyes, Mercy. Wonderful eyebrows.”

      -Lady Crane to Arya/Mercy (Maisie) S6e6

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    47. Che: That makes me feel a bit relieved about the Post GOT era when I was worrying about what to sink my teeth into.

      I’m personally feeling a lot better about post-GoT than I figured that I would a few years ago. There are several shows on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to. There’s the GoT prequel, His Dark Materials, The Wheel of Time, LotR series, The Witcher, Demimonde, a Conan series… as well as a few more on the sci-fi side. Some others are in really early stages that I hope will get rolling. I’m really pining for Hyperion. Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos is one of my favorite book series.

      I have extra excitement for those shows because they’re all to be on premium cable or streaming services. I feel like they’re less likely to be duds than if they were on channels such as SyFy, CW or network tv. They also have the ability to be… more adult and gritty.

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    48. HunterMac,

      “Sansa is a lady, and should see an emotional embrace. Arya is a warrior and a fighter and should be treated as such.”

      Thank you for saying Warrior and figher not cold-hearted assassin. Yes, it was great with Sansa, but that hug came not from affection particularly, but from the fact both of them were relieved they had some family left. It was wonderful. IMO, considering the love Arya and Jon had (much, much, more emphasised in the books), theirs has to be special. indeed. Arya’s underlying tenderness has always been there. The poor child had to hide it like she hid Needle. Yet we saw glimpses even in Braavos–when she gave the Gift to the suffering girl, and with Lady Crane. Once the guiltiest Freys were gone, she started showing it more strongly–with the Lannister soldiers, with Hot Pie, and Nymeria. She had to again be No One to go after Littlefinger. Once he was gone, she was Arya again and asked Sansa, “Are you all right?” She always cares about others, but Jon above all. She needs to (and probably will) jump into his arms and give him a loooong hug. I expect both will be crying. We’ll all be crying. THIS is the reunion the world has been longing for.

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    49. Clob: I have extra excitement for those shows because they’re all to be on premium cable or streaming services. I feel like they’re less likely to be duds than if they were on channels such as SyFy, CW or network tv. They also have the ability to be… more adult and gritty.

      With most good TV now being on premium and R rated it’s become increasingly difficult to find family friendly shows I can watch with my kid that have any depth.

      So I’m actually hoping that they don’t go too far with trying to “adult up” or “grittify” His Dark Materials, WoT or LotR. I would like to actually be able to enjoy them with my kid… Which I really can’t if they add a bunch of needless sex and/or violence just because they technically can since its’ premium and/or cable.

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    50. Actually, all the Winterfellers are fleeing in fear because the Hound just came through the gate in search of a chicken and then Arya sees him

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    51. Jack Bauer 24,

      Why would somebody be angry about that documentary? I’m a fan of his music and I would not be mad about that documentary. Hopefully the truth will come out for the sake of the victims.

      —-

      I looked that scene with Arya over and over again and if I see it right they are not standing in winterfel but next to some trees/ woods.

      And the way that scene is shot I have a feeling season 8 will feel like 6 short movies like we have been told. I think every episode will have a story on their own. I mean like the bigger episodes in the story. Blackwater. Rains of Castamere. Hardhome etc. Not episodes like the night lands.

      I think episode 1 will have 3 mayor storyline. 70% everybody getting to winterfell. 15% human enemies. We get cercei short and introduction of golden company with euron. And I think we get one small battle of 5 a 10 minutes with the night King. I think the episode will end with that or start with that (cold opening)

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    52. QueenofThrones,
      That’s understandable. With kids that are grown I don’t have to concern myself with that. I get to just watch whatever is enjoyable to me. Extreme censorship and avoidance of disturbing material makes things less real in my opinion and can pull me right out of immersion in the story. I wouldn’t expect some of those shows to go too “adult,” but they will benefit in other ways, not the least of which is not being handcuffed with 43 minute run-time commercial filled episodes.

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    53. David,

      I don’t think this show needs much, scratch that, any marketing at this point. If the lack of a trailer is bringing your excitment level down, huge fan might be an overstatement. Wether they drop one or not isn’t going to hurt this show. With all the issues they have had with leaks and spoilers in the past, I am with the minority above, I am fine going in blind this season and them choosing that.

      The sad thing when and if they drop a trailer half the people complaining will be upset they gave the whole season away. Always happens. Love this fandom, but it’s a bit more fickle than most. HBO and D&D will be damned if they do or don’t by plenty. Just breathe. In 48 days we will all know everything. We lived for damn near 2 years without anything, 8 weeks is nothing.

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    54. Stimpy Stark:
      David,

      I don’t think this show needs much, scratch that, any marketing at this point. If the lack of a trailer is bringing your excitment level down, huge fan might be an overstatement. Wether they drop one or not isn’t going to hurt this show. With all the issues they have had with leaks and spoilers in the past, I am with the minority above, I am fine going in blind this season and them choosing that.

      The sad thing when and if they drop a trailer half the people complaining will be upset they gave the whole season away. Always happens. Love this fandom, but it’s a bit more fickle than most. HBO and D&D will be damned if they do or don’t by plenty. Just breathe. In 48 days we will all know everything. We lived for damn near 2 years without anything, 8 weeks is nothing.

      49 days is 7 weeks exactly, not 8. Don’t add any extra time, we’ve waited long enough 😀

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    55. Agree about Jon/Arya, SRR!

      Then on the one hand, no, they really don’t have to do anything to get maximum viewership for S8. On the other…it sure would be nice of them after the incredibly long wait. It’s their last chance to go all-out with huge, awesome, mega-hyping promo. Although it can be tough to avoid, those who want to go in without having seen anything can opt not to watch trailers and keep away from GoT-related news/discussion/sites/accounts/internet for the next seven weeks. x-}

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    56. Reminds me of the first time Jon saw the dragons up close when Drogon buzzed him while walking up to Dragonstone last season.

      Tyrion: “I’d say you get used to it, but you really never do.”

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    57. I don’t think a trailer will come out. The fact that they showed this “peek” today means they are not planing to release the trailer, at least, for another two weeks. Then whats the point even releasing a trailer. I am worried that season 8 will be a disappointment.

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    58. David,

      GoT is probably the only show to ever come out to not need a single piece of marketing. It’s a show that’s always sold itself. Why would they want to exploit all types of content and season secrets going into the last bit of the series? That would be counterintuitive and lame. I can understand being frustrated by not having the trailer, but them withholding it is very understandable. After the large leaks from last season I can see why they’d hold their cards a little closer to their chest.

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    59. Sansa’s Knight:
      I wonder how Sansa will react to the dragons
      As for Bran does anyone else think he sees stuff stays stone faced rolls back to his room shuts the door and goes “OMG OMG OMG DID YOU SEE THAT” to no one in particular

      Yeah, he probably does what all teenaged boys do on the internet.

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    60. Rizwan: I am worried that season 8 will be a disappointment.

      HBO/GoT releasing the trailer when they feel is the appropriate time, rather than when the impatient fandom wants them to, in your mind somehow relates to the quality of the show they produce??

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    61. I think the folks who say Jon will ride a dragon might be right. I saw that clip of Dany reaching out to hoist Jon onto Drogon’s back and it was soooo close that he was going to ride a dragon! Now that scene is looking like a tease than anything else.

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    62. Anon:
      I think the folks who say Jon will ride a dragon might be right. I saw that clip of Dany reaching out to hoist Jon onto Drogon’s back and it was soooo close that he was going to ride a dragon! Now that scene is looking like a tease than anything else.

      Rhaegal needs something to do, he’s the most neglected of the 3. Of course this snippet only shows Drogon with the Unsullied and for some odd reason Rhaegal isn’t there.

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    63. Anon,

      Exactly and even the lords of North weren’t answering the calls of the night’s watch until things got very serious.

      one thing I missed in the last season was the missing reactions of people like sandor and berric and thormund and co seeing dany for the first time .so it’s nice to see At least arya is awed on seeing dragons for first time.

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    64. I’m wondering if the dagger plays a role in Arya bonding to a dragon. The dagger is obviously of Valyrian design, while the swords are of Andal/first men design, and forged after the doom. I’m leaning toward the dagger being Dark Sister, legend has it wrong being a sword. Visenya carried it about always, I don’t see a queen in a dress walking about with a sword, but a dagger definitely. A dagger that was made in Valyria and imbued with magic. So Arya approaches and the dragon senses the dagger, therefore Arya is permitted to approach.

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    65. I am with the few above who have mentioned not caring about a trailer. I don’t want any spoilers, leaks, or even correct theories deduced from the extra footage a trailer would deliver. Not this year.

      Of course. If they drop a trailer, I will have to watch it.

      That’s why I hope they don’t release a trailer (however unlikely that outcome may be)

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    66. Continuing with the hypothetical that the dagger is Dark Sister, the artist renderings of DS by avid researcher readers depict her as a blade with darker finish and a gold hilt with embedded red gemstone, the grip is black dragon bone. This matches the description of the Catspaw Valyrian dagger in the show.

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    67. Clob: I’m personally feeling a lot better about post-GoT than I figured that I would a few years ago.There are several shows on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to.There’s the GoT prequel, His Dark Materials, The Wheel of Time, LotR series, The Witcher, Demimonde, a Conan series… as well as a few more on the sci-fi side.

      Don’t miss Good Omens! It literally starts right after GoT ends: May 31.

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    68. JenniferH:
      I ADORED the fact that you see LITERALLY everyone behind her scurrying away in fear. I mean, you can legit see fear and terror on the faces of all of the extras/background people and Arya is LITERALLY looking up like ‘THIS IS AMAZING!’ and she actually starts to smile just as the clips ends.

      Everyone else is scared of the dragons; Arya Stark is all ‘YEAH, BABY!’

      I know! The only other person I can think of that looked awestruck and not particularly afraid was Tyrion when he and Jorah were sailing through Valyria. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind a scene between Arya and Tyrion – two very different dragon enthusiasts.

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    69. Anon:
      I think the folks who say Jon will ride a dragon might be right. I saw that clip of Dany reaching out to hoist Jon onto Drogon’s back and it was soooo close that he was going to ride a dragon! Now that scene is looking like a tease than anything else.

      I would give a lot to know what went through Sandor’s mind while flying through the air on a fire-breathing flappy-flap!!!!

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    70. D&D said in an interview a month or so back if they had their way there wouldn’t be a trailer however they later confirmed one is coming for S8. However more likely we only get one trailer this time and hopefully the content is largely from the premiere with little plot give away – which will not please some.

      As for spoilers, we should be clear at this point at least until the trailer drops (which maybe used to confirm some spoilers) or more realistically until the screeners go out as that has been a big source of leaks in the past.

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    71. Alex,

      Probably never. The main purpose of a trailer is to promote the series. GoT does not need promoting. Also, it would be very difficult to release a trailer without spoiling a lot.

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    72. Yeah they did but with the intent of ensuring we can all watch it without being spoiled. Reading between the lines they were upset that so much of S7 got spoiled in advance and want us all to enjoy their work in real time.

      I would hope for only one trailer now and for it to not contain too much spoilery stuff.

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    73. Jon Snowed:
      D&D said in an interview a month or so back if they had their way there wouldn’t be a trailer however they later confirmed one is coming for S8.However more likely we only get one trailer this time and hopefully the content is largely from the premiere with little plot give away – which will not please some.

      As for spoilers, we should be clear at this point at least until the trailer drops (which maybe used to confirm some spoilers) or more realistically until the screeners go out as that has been a big source of leaks in the past.

      HBO doesn’t send out screeners for GoT anymore. They stopped doing that after Season 5.

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    74. I thought that Jack but then recalled the full script for S6 E1 leaked by translators and in S7 the big field of fire battle episode leaked out of India too and was watched online 2-3 days before by millions of people.

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    75. Tyjon:
      Well this confirms that earlier Arya promo pick was her watching Drogon appear. Winterfell people, flee for your lives, it’s a dragon. Drogon reaction, please mother let me eat at least one of them.
      It appears my theory just might be wight,
      The trailer attached to Captain Marvel, March 7th.

      March 7th is my birthday. I wouldn’t mind that kinda gift. 🙂

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    76. Yes but I guess the risk is still the same with potential leaks. I recall Linda (her of Westeros.org infamy) leaked that Brienne killed Stannis all over twitter before the episode whilst she was working as translator for HBO Nordic.

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    77. Ten Bears,

      Ha! Maybe that is what Arya is thinking, but instead of Uber it’s Dragon. (Disclaimer: I don’t actually think Arya will ride a dragon). I just love though, as several people have pointed out, that with that one short clip of Arya, Maisie instantly reminds us of the adventurous and playful little girl we were introduced to in season 1.

      RAEMONTARGARYEN,

      I’m also in the camp of people who wouldn’t be outraged if there was no trailer. Of course, I will excitedly watch it when it drops, but it would be pretty cool to go into season 8 almost completely blind.

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    78. Jon Snowed:
      Yes but I guess the risk is still the same with potential leaks. I recall Linda (her of Westeros.org infamy) leaked that Brienne killed Stannis all over twitter before the episode whilst she was working astranslator for HBO Nordic.

      Really? Wow, if that’s true, I dislike her even more than I already did. And that’s saying something.

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    79. Tyjon,

      Dark Sister being a sword isn’t “legend”. It’s a well-known item that was in active use as recently as the middle of the last century in the story’s time.

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    80. Enharmony1625,

      “Ha! Maybe that is what Arya is thinking, but instead of Uber it’s Dragon. (Disclaimer: I don’t actually think Arya will ride a dragon). I just love though, as several people have pointed out, that with that one short clip of Arya, Maisie instantly reminds us of the adventurous and playful little girl we were introduced to in season 1.”

      _______

      • I concur. That one short clip of Arya does remind us of the playful girl from early S1 instead of the stolid assassin and executioner of later seasons.

      • More than that, for me at least, it’s a reminder how Maisie Williams can convey the gamut of emotions wordlessly – like she did in the S5 Braavos dock Needle scene.

      (And I loved her little smile at the very end of the teaser clip. Sue captured that frame perfectly in the photograph at the top of the article.)

      • I gotta give some thought to your Disclaimer. While I doubt Arya will pilot a dragon, I can envision her as a passenger/paratrooper. There have been more than one callbacks to Visenya Targaryen, her dragon, and Dark Sister (e.g., Shireen reading lessons with Davos, and Arya conversations with Tywin). And of course, Arya has had her “iconic” weapon, Needle, since S1e2. There had to be a reason she wound up with a Valyrian Steel dagger from Bran in S7e4 and showed how adroitly she could wield it before and during her sparring match with Brienne; and a reason an illustration of that particular dagger was shown on a page in the Citadel library book Sam and Gilley were looking at.

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    81. Firannion: Don’t miss Good Omens! It literally starts right after GoT ends: May 31.

      I considered mentioning that one. I am a big fan of the Neil Gaiman novels I’ve read and enjoyed; Good Omens, Neverwhere, American Gods, Anansi Boys and The Graveyard Book. However, I’ve been kind of ho-hum on the adaptations so far. Stardust was okay and American Gods was decent but I didn’t enjoy it like I expected.

      Season 2 of American Gods is (finally) going to premiere in a couple of weeks too (3/10). That has had a longer gap than GoT. Their season 1 finale was mid-June of ’17.

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    82. I have an inkling that Arya is not looking at a dragon, it was too high in the sky. I believe what we are witnessing ( coupled with the fear of the folk behind her ) is Aryas’ delight at the return of Nymeria. Who wouldn’t cack themselves at the sight of a fully grown Direwolf? A little bit of creativity used in this short clip to send us a bit of a curve ball me thinks.

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    83. I believe we are seeing Aryas smile at seeing a Dragon.
      The previous still with her frowning was a moment later when she saw Danny.

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    84. I saw a few posts mention February 26th as a possible date for the release of the full trailer…why are people confident in that date?…before the Crypts of Winterfell trailer hit I read that March 10th would be the date…looks like that might be true

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    85. Mark me words,

      We can never say for sure what she’s looking at without seeing the entire scene, but it looks pretty clear to me that she’s looking at a dragon and Dany’s entourage. She’s looking up in awe while everyone around her is cowering in fear. I don’t think they’d all run away because of a direwolf. Besides, we’ve already seen Arya and Nymeria reunite, so why would they do it again at the beginning of season 8 with all these other long overdue reunions about to take place?

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    86. Pigeon: I know! The only other person I can think of that looked awestruck and not particularly afraid was Tyrion when he and Jorah were sailing through Valyria. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind a scene between Arya and Tyrion – two very different dragon enthusiasts.

      Arya at the arrival of Robert Baratheon at Winterfell, S1: “where’s the gnome?” (or whatever word she used).

      Arya / Tyrion exchanges are spaceship-sized hung guns imo. i hope they will be as good as Arya with Tywin at Harrenhall.

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    87. Pigeon: I would give a lot to know what went through Sandor’s mind while flying through the air on a fire-breathing flappy-flap!!!!

      he was ready for the job. he knew how to store the luggage correctly, and he made sure all passengers have a safe flight.

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    88. death by chickenfire: he was ready for the job. he knew how to store the luggage correctly, and he made sure all passengers have a safe flight.

      Yeah, it was Jorah that didn’t pay attention to the safety instructions by the flight attendant.

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    89. I know Arya’s not a Targ, but I hope this foreshadows that she gets to ride Rhaegal in one of the battles. Tyrion could be a rider, but I really do think it’s possible we may see Arya riding. Arya is part of Jon’s family, even if she’s not a Targ. It’s very likely Jon will ride Rhaegal, but perhaps he’ll give Arya the keys and let her take a spin during one of the battles. The dragons are smart, so I think they will like Arya. Maisie did a great job with her expressions. There are some actresses who can say 1000 words with their facial expressions, and Maisie is one of them.

      I am thinking as a few others that there may not be a full trailer, since D&D really don’t like trailers (that’s what they said anyway) and they are trying to keep things under wraps as others have said. They like these teasers to help promote their other shows while they still have GOT around. That being said, I really do want to see a real trailer!!

      I saw Emilia’s interview on the red carpet, and she said people would be “Shocked” with season 8. I’m more than ready to be shocked.

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    90. Tron79: It’s very likely Jon will ride Rhaegal, but perhaps he’ll give Arya the keys and let her take a spin during one of the battles.

      The main problem with that is the show would be ignoring that it is written that the dragons of this world bond with only one rider at a time. As long as that bonded rider is alive it won’t allow anyone else on it unless that rider is “driving.” Yeah, D&D could ignore that fact but they’d surely hear a lot of noise about it afterward.

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    91. “My job is not to follow the law Al, my job is to interpret it.”

      “It’s been a long time, my friend,” I thought – in Vary’s voiceover tone… I almost pissed myself too since I thought at this point the Deadwood movie was a myth tbh. And that shot with Seth followed by Sol with their revolvers ready to shoot… O M G. I’m not ready.

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    92. TitusNYC:
      I saw a few posts mention February 26th as a possible date for the release of the full trailer…why are people confident in that date?…before the Crypts of Winterfell trailer hit I read that March 10th would be the date…looks like that might be true

      I don’t think we’ll get a trailer. On twitter it was going around that a teaser would air yesterday and we ended up getting that HBO teaser with the Arya footage. Now there’s chatter that the trailer will drop next Tuesday, March 5th. We’ll see.

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    93. Jack Bauer 24: Now there’s chatter that the trailer will drop next Tuesday, March 5th. We’ll see.

      That’s the day I happen to be on a 10-hour flight with no wifi!! SFJSDKJ@#!#$!!!

      Cruel, cruel heavenly lord.

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    94. Adrianacandle: That’s the day I happen to be on a 10-hour flight with no wifi!! SFJSDKJ@#!#$!!!

      Cruel, cruel heavenly lord.

      That would suck! It’s just a rumor though, but Captain Marvel also premieres next week. That would be cool if they had the trailer in theaters as well and it would be good timing. Just 38ish days from premiere. David and Dan did mention how it was cool seeing the Westworld trailer in theater.

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    95. TormundsWoman,

      I watched all of Deadwood and thought it was okay. I’m not one of those that would put it high on my all-time list. I thought it was too restricted, small scoped and more like a play, to include some oddly delivered dialogue by certain characters (a couple of which really annoyed me). I am interested in watching the movie though. John Hawkes (Sol) is originally from my area and I actually know some of his family fairly well. I try to see everything he’s in just in case I end up talking to him when he’s back visiting. 😛

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    96. Jack Bauer 24,

      That WOULD be really cool!! I’d for sure go into the theatre for that!!

      But at least now I have something to think (obsess) about on the plane just in case it happens! 😉 Curse you, Airbus A330!! 😭😭😭😭

      But truly, thanks for all your predictions and analysis, Jack Bauer 24! <3 It makes certain days kind of exciting – whether it’s a rumor, prediction, or certainty!

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    97. Tron79,

      I’m okay with the three Stark-centric teasers and snippets: Jon, Arya & Sansa in the WF Crypts; Sansa “Winterfell is yours, Your Grace”; and this two-second shot of Arya looking up at the dragon.

      I really don’t need more than that.

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    98. Pigeon: I would give a lot to know what went through Sandor’s mind while flying through the air on a fire-breathing flappy-flap!!!!

      “F*ck the Night King.”

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    99. Anon:
      I think the folks who say Jon will ride a dragon might be right. I saw that clip of Dany reaching out to hoist Jon onto Drogon’s back and it was soooo close that he was going to ride a dragon! Now that scene is looking like a tease than anything else.

      It’s my belief the odds go way up for Jon to ride a dragon if Dany is killed in battle. Jon’s a very down to earth kind of guy. He fights with a sword. He’s a Stark. I have trouble seeing him just casually embracing his fantasy dragon-riding Targaryen side. But if he’s on the field of battle and Dany dies in front of him and it’s a make-or-break moment in the climax of the story and the only way to save everyone is for him to climb onto one of the dragons I could see that happening.

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    100. Come on Jack we will get a trailer it’s just a matter of when. Given they had this tease yesterday I would say next week makes most sense. That’s also about a month from the premiere which means we very likely only get one trailer this time.

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    101. death by chickenfire: he was ready for the job. he knew how to store the luggage correctly, and he made sure all passengers have a safe flight.

      No kidding, he was on his A game at that point. Actually, he did a lot of saving that episode…saved Tormund from the wight horde, saved Jorah (of all people) falling off Drogon…mind you, I suppose Thoros DID take a Toby to the torso for him.

      Gendry: “No that’s fine – I’ll just run until my lungs explode like the original runner from Marathon, while you guys go flying about like action heros. No prob.”

      Davos: “Shut up, Clovis.”

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    102. Clob,

      That’s disappointing about the dragons locking on to their one rider so I guess it won’t work for Arya to borrow the dragon. But I agree with Sunfyre that Jon is more of a ground warrior. He didn’t even stay on his horse very long in the BOTB. And his horse didn’t last too long so maybe better if he doesn’t drive one. I could see it happening where something happens to Dany and Jon has to fly drogon.

      I agree with Ten Bears that I am more than happy that the Starks have been highlighted so far in the teasers. I have a feeling I will be annoyed by Sansa having too much air time but Kit was annoyed with Sansa too when he did his hbo history of jon snow teaser.

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    103. Arya was excited when she saw the royal party arriving at Winterfell in Season 1. Two episodes later…

      “I hate them. I hate all of them…”

      Just sayin’.

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    104. Anon,

      That certainly felt like they were trying to save that moment, where Jon first rides on a dragon, for a later date.

      My guess is that he’ll get a Daznak’s Pit moment, where one of the dragons swoops in to save him on the battlefield.

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    105. I’m pretty excited to see J&D arrive for several reasons, and one of them is simply the visual of Daenerys’ forces from the perspective of those at Winterfell. It’s difficult to imagine any of them being upset about seeing tens of thousands of soldiers and two dragons flying overhead when without them they were depending on women and children to fight. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really hoping that in the second episode Melisandre marches in with the Fiery Hand as well. With so many additional soldiers they’d probably really start feeling pretty good about their chances… which is likely to end up being false hope…

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    106. Ramsay’s 20th Good Man:
      Arya was excited when she saw the royal party arriving at Winterfell in Season 1. Two episodes later…

      “I hate them. I hate all of them…”

      Just sayin’.

      After she said that she hated all of them, she then went on to specifically call out “The Hound, the queen and the king and Joffrey and Sansa.” as the ones that she specifically hated.

      Obviously, she hated them at the time, but times change. Even though she said she hated them all, she didn’t kill a single one of them. She’s already made up with Sansa and surely will do the same with the Hound when they see each other again. I don’t think there is a parallel to be made here, unless you think that Arya will hate someone but then warm up to them, but of course, ymmv. Anything is possible at this point.

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    107. Clob: GoT packaging for Oreo cookies.

      Oh for crying out loud. Is this supposed to entice adults to eat Oreos, or impressionable little kids to watch GoT? If the latter, that’s nearly as slimy as using Joe the Camel to sell cigarettes to the underaged.

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    108. Clob: With so many additional soldiers they’d probably really start feeling pretty good about their chances… which is likely to end up being false hope…

      And a fresh source for the NK to replenish his army.

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    109. Jack Bauer 24,

      there will 100% be a trailer…D&D confirmed that…there preference would have been to not show one but HBO wanted it so they gave in…March 10th is the rumor I heard 2 months ago from the same guy who was right about the date and content of the Crypts of Winterfell teaser

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    110. Tron79: I know Arya’s not a Targ, but I hope this foreshadows that she gets to ride Rhaegal in one of the battles.

      Per the books, the mating-for-life-with-one-rider stipulation is way more important than Targ blood. In the supplemental history books there are several stories of non-Targs – including at least one commoner that I can recall – who become dragon-riders.

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    111. I’m wondering if Bran will literally fly a dragon with a saddle of Tyrion’s engineering or ‘remote control fly’ a dragon through the weirwood network?

      Dragon riders were known to give rides for fun in the past.
      In times of war & battles, dragons have allowed other riders.

      There’s so much foreshadowing, that if Arya, Tyrion, Bran, Jon don’t actually ride dragons, then they’ve at least got to have an important or emotional conversation about them at some point this last season

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    112. Firannion: Is this supposed to entice adults to eat Oreos, or impressionable little kids to watch GoT?

      Well, I don’t know about all that. Oreos definitely aren’t a children only thing. It is the #1 best selling cookie brand in the world after all. Like many people, I have enjoyed their use in deserts my entire life. It’s still my first choice on the rare occasion that I get a DQ Blizzard.

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    113. MaesterMercy: In times of war & battles, dragons have allowed other riders.

      You’re talking about riders along with the dragon’s bonded, like those that rode on Drogon with Daenerys’, right? I’ve NEVER seen it written anywhere that a dragon allowed a second solo rider when the bonded was still alive. That actually goes against clear writings that it does not happen.

      MaesterMercy: There’s so much foreshadowing

      Stating that they liked or wanted a dragon because of stories they heard as children doesn’t count as foreshadowing that they will ride a dragon. Bran being told he “will fly” isn’t foreshadowing of that to me either. He’s already been ‘flying’ through the eyes of ravens/crows.

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    114. Jon Snowed:

      Come on Jack we will get a trailer it’s just a matter of when. Given they had this tease yesterday I would say next week makes most sense. That’s also about a month from the premiere which means we very likely only get one trailer this time.

      Sorry, the post I quoted mentioned February 26th as a possible trailer date. The 26th is tomorrow, so I meant I don’t think we’ll get the trailer tomorrow. But I do think we’ll get one.

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    115. Clob: I have enjoyed their use in deserts my entire life.

      I know ‘deserts’ was a typo, Clob, but it does give rise to amusing mental images.

      “It’s my favourite biscuit! Especially washed down with camel’s milk!”
      – T. E. Lawrence

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    116. Adrianacandle:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      That WOULD be really cool!! I’d for sure go into the theatre for that!!

      But at least now I have something to think (obsess) about on the plane just in case it happens! 😉 Curse you, Airbus A330!!😭😭😭😭

      But truly, thanks for all your predictions and analysis, Jack Bauer 24! <3 It makes certain days kind of exciting – whether it’s a rumor, prediction, or certainty!

      Thank you 🙂

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    117. Mr Derp: After she said that she hated all of them, she then went on to specifically call out “The Hound, the queen and the king and Joffrey and Sansa.” as the ones that she specifically hated.

      Obviously, she hated them at the time, but times change.Even though she said she hated them all, she didn’t kill a single one of them.She’s already made up with Sansa and surely will do the same with the Hound when they see each other again.I don’t think there is a parallel to be made here, unless you think that Arya will hate someone but then warm up to them, but of course, ymmv.Anything is possible at this point.

      I think Arya has long since realized she didn’t hate the Hound. That came out when she was playing “the Game of Faces” with Jaqen (S5e6) and the Waif (S6e3)

      (Arya/Jaqen S5e6):
      ***
      Arya: “… An outlaw kidnapped me, a man called Polliver…”
      [Whack!]
      Arya: “A man called the Hound. Sandor Clegane. He tried to sell me, but was wounded in a fight. He begged me to kill him, but I wouldn’t. I left him in the mountains to die. I wanted him to suffer.
      I hated him.”
      [Whack!]
      Arya: “I hated him!”
      [Whack!]
      Arya: “That’s not a lie!”
      Jaqen: “A girl lies to me. To the Many-Faced God. To herself.”
      _________________

      (S6e3 Waif/Arya)
      ***
      Waif: “Tell me about the Hound.”
      Arya: “Also dead. Arya Stark left him to die. He was on her list…. He was not on her list anymore. She had taken him off it.”
      Waif: “Why? Didn’t she want him dead any longer?”
      Arya: “She did and she did not.”
      Waif: “She sounds confused.”
      Arya: “Yes. She was.”

      ______________
      Not to mention her own admission back in S1e3 when she was stabbing the table…

      Septa Mordane: “Enough of that, young lady! Eat your food.”
      Arya: “I’m practicing.”
      Sansa: “Practicing for what?”
      Arya: “The prince.”
      Sansa: “Arya, stop!”
      Arya: “He’s a liar and a coward and he killed my friend.”
      Sansa: “The Hound killed your friend.”
      Arya: “The Hound does whatever the prince tells him to do.”
      Sansa: “You’re an idiot.”
      Arya: “You’re a liar, and if you told the truth, Mycah would be alive.”

      Finally, as Beric told Arya, Sandor was not guilty of Mycah’s murder. Sandor was exonerated in the judgment of the gods in his trial by combat against Beric.

      I think she’s going to be thrilled to see Sandor, alive and well, walk through the gates of Winterfell, and she will be pleasantly surprised that he’s now one of the “good guys” on Team Jon.

      I’m looking forward to Arya/Sandor reunion much more than Arya/Jon.

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    118. Firannion: Per the books, the mating-for-life-with-one-rider stipulation is way more important than Targ blood. In the supplemental history books there are several stories of non-Targs – including at least one commoner that I can recall – who become dragon-riders.

      Interesting. Perhaps Arya could be the one rider for Rhaegal then.

      Others were talking about Bran “flying”. I don’t see Bran actually riding a dragon, but I think it’s highly probable he will warg into the White Viserion. Or perhaps he may warg into Rhaegal and not actually be a rider. I could see that happening.

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    119. Ten Bears:
      Enharmony1625,
      •I gotta give some thought to your Disclaimer. While I doubt Arya will pilot a dragon, I can envision her as a passenger/paratrooper. There have been more than one callbacks to Visenya Targaryen, her dragon, and Dark Sister (e.g., Shireen reading lessons with Davos, and Arya conversations with Tywin). And of course, Arya has had her “iconic” weapon, Needle, since S1e2. There had to be a reason she wound up with a Valyrian Steel dagger from Bran in S7e4 and showed how adroitly she could wield it before and during her sparring match with Brienne; and a reason an illustration of that particular dagger was shown on a page in the Citadel library book Sam and Gilley were looking at.

      Yeah, that’s a good point. If it’s an evacuation or rescue kind of situation, I could see it happening. Although I could see Drogon becoming a little miffed at Mama Dany if she keeps using him to carry all these other non-dragon-attuned people around.

      “Like, I’m fine carrying you on my back, but this is kind of our thing! All these other people are kind of spoiling it..”

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    120. Tron79,

      Arya doesn’t have to pilot a dragon. As demonstrated in S7e6, dragons don’t mind passengers.

      I can envision Arya as a paratrooper riding shotgun, perhaps hidden by Jon, and then leaping off mid-air onto undead Viserion to drive her VS dagger through NK’s eye and out the back of his skull. Poof! NK pulverized into pixie dust.

      Then, before hopping back onto Jon’s or Dany’s dragon, she euthanizes undead Viserion too. Game over. The fans go wild.

      Down on the ground, Sandor smiles, turns to Brienne, and says proudly, “that’s our girl.”

      (So sorry talvikorppi. I know this is exactly the kind of super ninja warrior princess fantasy you abhor.)

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    121. Some have probably already posted this, I haven’t read every comment yet, but if you zoom in on Arya’s eyes it certainty looks like a dragon. Now, it’s probably the lighting, but still, pretty cool if they pulled that off. It’s much better on the second picture, the actual trailer picture, which is brighter.

      It looks like the shadow of a dragon, body, neck, wings. I know they can’t have a real dragon flying around the set so it’s got to be a coincidence, but still. It’s probably just me and my imagination. If they did that on purpose, that is one amazing effect on a show filled with amazing effects.

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    122. Ten Bears:
      Tron79,

      Arya doesn’t have to pilot a dragon. As demonstrated in S7e6, dragons don’t mind passengers.

      I can envision Arya as a paratrooper riding shotgun, perhaps hidden by Jon, and then leaping off mid-air onto undead Viserion to drive her VS dagger through NK’s eye and out the back of his skull. Poof! NK pulverized into pixie dust.

      Then, before hopping back onto Jon’s or Dany’s dragon, she euthanizes undead Viserion too. Game over. The fans go wild.

      Down on the ground, Sandor smiles, turns to Brienne, and says proudly, “that’s our girl.”

      I don’t think euthanizing Viserion would even be necessary. He (and most of the army of the dead) should immediately re-die as soon as the Night King is destroyed. Whoever’s piloting had better be ready to catch her quickly.

      Also, if Sandor and Arya are keeping kill counts during the battle, he’ll have to claim that “it still only counts as one.”

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    123. Ten Bears,

      Well, I have to say I didn’t think of Arya as a paratrooper, but that could explain part of why the CGI took extra long this year!

      I am very excited that my wife gave me Funko figures of Arya, Jon, and Ghost for my birthday yesterday! And my son gave me an Arya flash drive! But the flash drive is very disturbing because you have to take off Arya’s head to use it. OMG. I’m keeping that one in the box. Just too disturbing to see Arya’s head off. She will be the last one standing or flying. I could see her fly off West of Westeros on Rhaegal after successfully killing the mountain, cersei (with Jaime’s face), and some others… Lots to look forward to!

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    124. Having the benefit of a very high resolution computer screen to watch this on…I think Arya is standing in front of a wall, like the one the unsullied are marching past. Don’t think there’s anyone on the dragon.

      Good spot about the guy on horse back. I don’t think it is Jon, although he has dark slicked back hair and a beard. Best guess: he’s wearing brown sackcloth type material, not very JS like, although obviously he could have changed outfits. At first I thought he might have chains on and was a prisoner important enough to put on a horse, but it’s probably just the way the material is twisted around, looks a bit like patchwork and what I thought were chains are the edges of the different pieces of material. Had a split second is-it-Jaime? moment, but I very much doubt it. I cleaned up the picture as much as I could, but unfortunately it’s not mega high quality to start off with. Anyone we know?

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    125. Forgot to add….squeeeeee! I’m really trying not to get my hopes up for this series as there will be so much of the fantasy elements which I really don’t care for, but Arya’s face is hyping me up. So mini squeeee it is 😋

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    126. It’s 47 days from premiere and now the longest they’ve gone without dropping the trailer. Veep got its trailer on the 18th and it premieres March 31st, so that’s 40 days before its premiere. Veep didn’t even have a premiere date until the 8th of this month and it already has its poster and trailer. Barry premieres March 31st as well and got its poster and trailer on the 22nd. So 36 days before premiere. Looks like HBO is just releasing stuff later now. So I’m hoping for the GoT trailer next week or the week after.

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    127. Firannion,

      I totally share your excitement about His Dark Materials!

      Also, so great to see Arya with this look of wonder at the dragons (and, presumably, Jon’s return).

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    128. Jack Bauer 24,

      Thanks again for the in-Conments countdown.

      I don’t watch other shows – or much TV at all these days. I’ve heard the other HBO shows you mentioned are pretty good, and there’s excitement about some of the new shows in the recent teaser. But I can’t seem to find the enthusiasm or the time to devote to a series, and I gave up on cable news since there seems to be this same gesticulating blowhard on the screen all the time.

      I do want to watch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon. I liked Rachel Brosnahan when she was in Season 1 of “The Blacklist” – before that show turned to sh*t midway through Season 2.

      Oh, and I am going to watch the animated show “gen:Lock” streaming on Rooster Teeth, because Maisie Williams voices one of the characters.
      Here she is:

      https://mobile.twitter.com/RoosterTeeth/status/1088510805245448192/photo/1

      I’ve seen the first two episodes. Now if I can only remember my password I can watch the rest.

      Apologies for going off-topic.

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    129. cos alpha:
      Ten Bears,

      Sorry, that’s too fan – tastic for me.

      That’s why I had the disclaimer at the end:

      “So sorry talvikorppi. I know this is exactly the kind of super ninja warrior princess fantasy you abhor.”

      (I was just kidding of course. Fans will groan if any of the characters turn into Marvel super heroes.)

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    130. Tron79,

      I know that it will probably be a dragon because… well it is GOT, but BIRDS fly too.
      Bran is the 3Eyed Raven right? Seeing though the eyes of birds all over Westeros (or time?) to gather Intel would also be impressive.

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