HBO has continued its slow, agonizing trend of milking every last bit of hype for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones , And you know what? It's working . The last season of Game of thrones premieres on April 14. To celebrate the announcement, HBO released a teaser that looks just for promotional purposes. It shows Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Walking through the crypts of Winterfell, confronting the ghosts of their relatives while looking to their own future. And that future is death.
The teaser follows the promotions from previous seasons-symbolic teasers that followed at what was to come. For example, season six had the Hall of Faces, while season 7 showed Jon, Daenerys Targaryen, and Cersei Lannister taking the "Long Walk" to the Iron Throne. Being Game of Thrones both of these teasers deliberately misled us on what to come into their respective seasons, so anything we read into the "Crypts of Winterfell" teaser has to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, let's dive in.
Teaser. Teaser. Right away, the feather draws the most attention from the Game of Thrones teaser. Bran Stark, as he's the Three-Eyed Raven, but the feather actually represents something else entirely-it goes all the way back to the beginning of the series.
In the pilot episode, we saw Robert Baratheon place the feather in the hands of Lyanna Stark's statue telling Ned Stark that he would often bring forth exotic, tropical birds because they were her favorite. Petra Baelish to tell her more about Lyanna's relationship with Rhaegar Targaryen. Sansa dismissed it as kidnapping and assault. But little did we know, the feather contained a secret.
As we all know, Lyanna and Rhaegar are married, meaning Jon is secretly a Targaryen. This might have been revealed in season 6, but the secret dates back all the way to the beginning. To that feather. After Robert laid the feather on Lyanna's grave, he talked about wanting to kill all the Targaryens for taking away his beloved. Robert replies: "Not all of them." At the time that meant Daenerys: But we'll come out technically, so Jon. Lyanna and Ned took to their graves.
In that sense, the feather represents a hidden truth. And as the feather fell out of Lyanna's hands in the teaser, Jon as he passed,
Is Jon Snow's statue older?
After Jon, Sansa, and Arya walk past the statues of previous Starks, they come across the most shocking statues of all: their own. However, one of them looks child of peculiar. Jon's statue does not quite look like himself. The beard is different, and looks a little fuller. Could this mean that Jon's statue is older than Arya and Sansa's, that he wants to live while the others want the?
My response to this is maybe, but probably not. We saw Game of Thrones this exact thing in season 6 with the Hall of Faces teaser, which showed a bunch of "dead" characters who have not actually died yet. Game of Thrones the statues' craftsmen are not exactly the best at their job. Ned Stark's statue looks like nothing like him, the reason being that Ned's body never returns to Winterfell. It is technically possible that the statue is an older one, but I think it's more likely that the statues are not exact.
However, Arya's statue has a sword in hand, while Jon's does not. Arya Stark wants this season, most likely in battle.
Another huge question coming out of the season eight teaser: Where the hell is Bran? He is a strong sibling after all. I combed that trailer for any sign of the Three-Eyed Raven, and could not find anything. He really is not there. Or is he?
There are two main possible explanations for Bran Stark's absence. The first is the idea that's not really a Stark anymore. Having fully embraced his identity as the Three-Eyed Raven, he has moved beyond the concerns of humanity and no longer sees himself as the Lord of Winterfell. Plus, the shot of Jon, Sansa, and Arya getting ready to face the undead army would look way less cool with Bran standing nearby looking surly and unconcerned.
The other explanation is slightly more out there. A fan theory has been building for a while that Bran Stark is actually the Night King. That somehow, thanks to his ability to make his way to the place, he will eventually return to the place. In an attempt to save Westeros, he wants to make the very thing trying to destroy it.
I tend to lean against this theory, but I do feel like this is not working to discredit it. Bran's complete absence is noticeable-there is not even a raven to signify he is joining the fight. If Jon, Sansa, and Arya were turning to face an enemy, they would have loved it, it would be really close to home. Fitting, given the teaser takes place inside the Winterfell Crypt, bringing it back to the Starks, ending the series as it began.
Another noted absence is Daenerys. Much of the series has been about to rise to power, which we've seen culminate in Jon swearing his allegiance to her. And yet, in this first full look at the final season, she is nowhere to be found. Or is she?
Surprisingly, Daenerys has a presence in the season eight teaser: In Sansa Stark's hair. If you look at the back of Sansa's hair, it's styled very much like Daenerys has been wearing it in recent seasons. This is not an accident. Sansa has adopted the fashions of other powerful women as a way to symbolize allegiance or protection-as well as defiance, when the opportunity has demanded.
By adopting Daenerys's hairstyle, Sansa is showing that she has aligned with the leader, at least to the extent that is expected. Sansa sees value in an alliance with the Mother of Dragons.
Okay, this is a random question that popped into my head at the end of the teaser, as we watched the wintery fog around Jon, Sansa, and Arya's ankles , We know that there will be a big battle at Winterfell, most likely involving the White Walkers. And so we know the wights can just about any level of decomposition, as long as the body is still intact.
Does this mean that the night can go into the crypt and resurrect the bodies of everyone inside? That would be absolutely fantastic-and disgusting. Can you imagine Robb, Rickon, etc. coming back from the grave to haunt the ones they love? Lyanna rising again to try and kill the very son she died to protect? Hell, we could finally get Lady Stoneheart. Just not in the way we wanted. Of course, as a post commentator pointed out, some (or all) of those bodies might not even be in Winterfell. In any case, I'm sure there are some corpses.