Another teaser of Game of Thrones Season 8 has left us shaking. None of the characters is shown in the recently-released short clip. There are no major revelations but only a few symbolisms at our disposal to decode.
The previous teaser, which began with Cersei Lannister’s iconic quote, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die,” and ended with Jon Snow saying, “There is only one war that matters. And it is here,” summed up the seven years journey of the show. How it started with the royal affairs in Westeros and now it has zeroed down to the whole kingdom standing up against what resides beyond ‘the wall.’
On the other hand, the new clip has quite a lot about the forthcoming season mindfully veiled in it. Once again, the makers of the epic fantasy show have succeeded in teasing the GOT fans with a video that is way short than one minute in duration.
The very first glimpse of the teaser shows the map of Westeros, that we have seen at Dragonstone, made by Aegon the Conqueror, and an icy wind blowing over it. (Night King Alert!)
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Here are a few possible indications of the Game of Thrones teaser:
The sweeping ice
The new teaser of the forthcoming season begins with a cold, foggy air moving towards Winterfell. Since the Night King has already destroyed the Wall – as we saw in season 7 – this could be an omen of his arrival in the land of the Starks. Talking of the Starks, the ice moves further and covers a miniature of a dire wolf – the sigil of the house. Now, this could mean a lot of things. Probably, Jon Snow and Bran Stark, who are destined to face the Night King at some point in the show, will face him in Winterfell.
Freezing of the dire wolf statue could also indicate a battle that would take place in Winterfell, which might lead to a number of deaths.
The Starks do have a crypt for the dead members of the family. So, if the Night King reaches there, would the members of the Stark family rise from the dead? Well, that theory seems too far-fetched but could be a possibility.
We then see the icy fog gallop over the map and envelop a dragon. Daenerys’ dragon, Viserion, has already been killed by the Night King and its icy flames have destroyed the Wall. Does the freezing up of a dragon suggest the death of another one?
If you look closely, you can spot the Unsullied taken down and that surely signals towards the forthcoming danger. The unsullied army could add up to the army of the dead.
Fire of fury
Way down in the south, flames move upwards, taking down the sigil of the House Lannisters. The only Lannister standing tall right now is the ‘mad queen’ Cersei Lannister, who has been now isolated by her brothers, Jaime Lannister and Tyrion Lannister.
As Cersei says, in the game of thrones either you win or die, her fate might have the latter in store for her. As we all know, fire is the sign of the ‘unburnt’ Daenerys Targaryen. Do the flames suggest a conflict between the two queens? Will Cersei betray the ‘Khalessi’ after pledging to stand against the White Walkers?
Clash of ice and fire
Finally, the ice and the fire spreading over the Westeros map clashes at the Riverlands, the heartland of Westeros, forming a wall that appears to be made of dragonglass. The substance, also known as obsidian, is one of the weapons to kill White Walkers. The only other material that can do so is Valyrian steel. Dragonglass, which is a form of volcanic glass, was actually used by the Children of the forest to create White Walkers in the first place.
A wall of dragonglass, as seen in the teaser, might indicate to an abundance of the material which could be used to defeat the Night King’s army during the epic battle.
The location of the battle, which is the Trident, where the three rivers meet giving Riverland its name, also holds a major significance. Robert Baratheon fought Rheagar Targaryen at the Trident, and thereby began the end of the Targaryen dynasty.
Once again a Targaryen, that is Aegon Targaryen (Jon Snow), the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, would lock horns in a grave battle against the dead. Let’s see what destiny has in store for him.
The climax of the epic fantasy series is not very far now. Although the official premiere date has not been announced yet, the final season will air in April 2019.
Brace yourself! Winter has arrived.