Every detail you might have missed in the new 'Game of Thrones' season 8 trailer

HBODany’s dragon Rhaegal is closest to Jon Snow in the new ‘Game of Thrones’ season eight trailer.
  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, including speculation of future events.
  • HBO released the full trailer for the final season of “Game of Thrones.”
  • We’ve broken down the trailer frame-by-frame to see what revelations are hidden in the footage.
  • Significant scenes include a shot of Edd, Tormund, and Beric all together, and Gilly with baby Sam in the Winterfell crypts. Plus Cersei’s costume is a call back to earlier seasons, and Jon Snow might ride a dragon.

HBO released the first full-length trailer for “Game of Thrones” season eight, and in it we have the biggest peek yet at what’s to come on the final six episodes of the series. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, do that now here, then read INSIDER’s frame-by-frame analysis of all the new footage below.

Let’s dive in.


The trailer opens with Arya, seemingly hiding in the dark with an anxious look on her blood-spattered face.

HBOMaisie Williams as Arya Stark.

We know Arya will be in the thick of the Battle at Winterfell, a massive showdown between the Night King and his army of dead and our remaining heroes in the North.


She flees, scampering down a castle hall with her dagger in hand.

HBOArya running for her life.

What is she running from? Likely enemy forces, but that would mean the army of the dead breaches the walls of Winterfell at some point during the battle. Unless there’s a threat coming from inside the ranks of the living? Unlikely, but with “Game of Thrones” you never know.


“I know death,” Arya says as the trailer cuts to Ser Davos walking the snowy battlements.

HBOLiam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth.

Ser Davos became Jon Snow’s right-hand man when King Stannis was defeated at the end of the fifth season.


“He’s got many faces,” Arya’s voice continues. We then see Varys, Gilly, and baby Sam in Winterfell’s crypts.

HBOGilly and little Sam are crouched in the background, all the way to the left.

This shot feels very reminscent of the Helm’s Deep battle from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”

During the Helm’s Deep battle, women and children and those unable to fight were hidden inside the castle’s deepest rooms, and they had to listen in terror as the fight raged outside.

The Winterfell battle director, Miguel Sapochnik, referenced Helm’s Deep in an Entertainment Weekly feature published on Monday, so this is likely an intentional callback to “The Lord of the Rings.”


“I look forward to seeing this one,” Arya says.

HBOWho is Arya talking to?

The trailer cuts to a much more calm Arya, likely in a pre-battle scene. When she says “this one,” Arya is mostly likely talking to someone about the Night King.

She holds a blade in front of her, and it’s not Needle or the Valyrian steel dagger she acquired on the seventh season. This looks like a new weapon made from dragonglass (a substance known to kill both wights and White Walkers).


Then we move further south to Euron Greyjoy’s fleet of ships.

HBOWhat’s left of the Ironborn’s ships.

Last we heard, Cersei sent Euron to Essos on a mission. He was going to hire the Golden Company, a legendary army of mercenaries, to fight on Queen Cersei’s behalf.


Looks like he was successful. In this shot, we see a new character named Harry Strickland standing in front of his sellsword troops.

HBOThis is our first look at the Golden Company.

As we know from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, Strickland is the general who leads the Golden Company. He’ll be played on the show by Marc Rissmann.


Cersei is probably looking so smugly happy at the sight of the Golden Company, but she might be overestimating Euron.

HBOAt least Qyburn has the sense to look worried.

In a new Entertainment Weekly portrait slideshow, the actor behind Euron (Pilou Asbaek) gave a mysterious hint at what’s to come.

“[Euron] wants to become the king of the Seven Kingdoms, yet he’s also blackmailing Cersei,” Asbaek said.

Cersei probably shouldn’t trust Euron or Captain Harry Strickland without reserve.


Then we hear Bran Stark, aka the new Three-Eyed Raven, as we get a glimpse of Edd, Tormund, and Beric.

HBOIt’s a relief to see these three alive. For now, anyways.

“Everything you did brought you where you are now,” Bran says. “Where you belong.”

Edd was last seen taking command of Castle Black. Tormund and Beric were a few miles east, at Eastwatch by the Sea. They barely escaped with their lives when the Night King brought down the wall on the final moments of the seventh season finale.


Read more:
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Bran appears to be speaking to Sam Tarly.

HBOIsaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark.

The last we saw him, Bran helped Sam piece together the truth about Jon Snow’s birth parents.


Sam is likely going to be the one to tell Jon the truth about his Targaryen heritage.

HBOJohn Bradley West as Samwell Tarly.

That is going to be one heck of a conversation.


Read more:
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The footage switches to show a boy watching Daenerys’ army arriving at Winterfell as Bran says “home.”

HBOWe’re not sure who this boy is, but he’s likely a new minor character.

This shot appears to mirror the pilot episode, when young Bran Stark climbed Winterfell’s towers to watch King Robert’s royal party approach the castle.


This time around, it’s Queen Daenerys Targaryen and King Jon Snow riding towards Winterfell.

HBOJon went south as King in the North, and returned with a queen at his side.

The union of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen is one for the history books.


Dany’s dragons soar over the towers of Winterfell as Sansa watches in awe.

HBOThey brought more than an army to Winterfell.

This is the first time Sansa Stark, the Lady of Winterfell, has ever seen a living dragon.


Again echoing the pilot, Dany and Jon will visit the crypts.

HBOThe crypts are a significant place for Stark history.

In the pilot, King Robert and Ned Stark had a meaningful conversation in front of Lyanna’s crypt.

Lyanna is, of course, Jon Snow’s birth mother. His father is Rhaegar Targaryen, Dany’s long-dead brother. If (or when) Jon and Dany discover the truth, Lyanna’s tomb is going to hold a new importance for them both.


Read more:
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“They’re coming,” Jon says. We then see a series of shots showing Winterfell preparing for battle.

HBOJoe Dempsie as Gendry.

Gendry appears to be manning the forge. He’s gone from an armorer’s apprentice to crafting weapons for the North’s forces.


“Our enemy doesn’t stop,” Jon says. “Doesn’t tire …”

HBOIain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont.

Jorah turns his horse outside the walls of Winterfell.


“… doesn’t feel.”

HBONathalie Emmanuel and Jacob Anderson as Missandei and Grey Worm.

As Jon finishes speaking, we see Missandei and Grey Worm share a passionate kiss before he leaves to take his place at the head of the Unsullied.


After that, we see Jaime Lannister fighting on the battlements among torchlight.

HBOHe’s in the thick of it now.

He was last seen on the seventh season finale riding away from King’s Landing and leaving Cersei alone (and pregnant, if she is to be believed).


Naturally the footage cuts back to King’s Landing right then, showing what looks like Euron standing before Cersei on the throne.

HBOThe Iron Throne in the Red Keep.

The dark atmosphere could be setting the tone for Euron’s “blackmail” scheme.


Then we see Cersei drinking wine in a room (shocker, we know). But her dress is surprising, even if the wine is not.

HBOHer smirk can’t be good news.

Cersei hasn’t been seen in this pale blue-green colour palette in a long while. For seasons four and five, she wore the rich Lannister reds and then mourning blacks. All of season seven was dedicated to Cersei in lavish sliver and black gowns.

So why the change? This could be a sign of Cersei’s downfall, or a reintroduction of the manipulative softness we saw her employ with Sansa on the first several seasons.


Read more:
INSIDER’s interview with ‘Game of Thrones’ costume designer Michele Clapton


While we ponder Cersei’s outfit change, the trailer cuts back to the North.

HBOThis scene was released in an earlier teaser.

We see Arya watching dragons fly, a major moment for her life. She always admired the tales of Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wife queens on their dragons.


“I promised to fight for the living,” Jaime says over more footage of Winterfell.

HBOJacob Anderson as Grey Worm.

Grey Worm at the front of the Unsullied army. He looks ready for a fight to the death.


We get a fast look at Jon Snow once again.

HBOThe godswood in Winterfell.

Jon visiting the Winterfell godswood is a lovely link to the weirwood grove beyond the Wall where he made his Night’s Watch vows on season one. It also mirrors the pilot scene with Ned Stark cleaning his sword by the godswood pool.


We also get a brief peek at Sandor Clegane.

HBORory McCann as Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane.

The Hound has been working on facing his fears of fire, a vital weapon against the army of the dead.


“I intend to keep that promise,” Jaime says to someone off screen.

HBONikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister.

This is likely in the halls of Winterfell. You can imagine Jaime Lannister wouldn’t be a welcome guest in those walls, given his attempted murder of Bran Stark and hand in Ned’s downfall.

But the time for petty in-fighting is past – King Jon and the Stark family will need to figure out how to handle this newcomer in the North.


Then the trailer shows some flashes of action.

HBOKit Harington as Jon Snow.

Jon is running amidst the fiery battlefield.


There’s also a look at horses running — could the white creature in the background be our beloved Ghost?

HBOWhose paws are those?

Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, hasn’t been shown on screen since the sixth season. We know he’ll have some scenes on these final episodes, so it’s possible this is the first tease of the direwolf in battle.

It could also just be a white horse, but we’re leaning into the Ghost-hype and hoping he’s present at Winterfell for the great war.


A group of armed soldiers head for a doorway.

HBOThe fight at Winterfell will be brutal.

This could be the interior of Winterfell, and this group is trying to defend the castle’s gates.


Then we see Dany and Jon approaching her two remaining dragons.

HBODany, Jon, and the only two children she has left.

You can see the carcasses of the dragons’ meals littering the ground.


We doubt it’s a coincidence that Jon is standing closest to Rhaegal, the dragon named after his father.

HBORhaegal is more greenish in colour, while Drogon’s scales are black and red.

Fans have long speculated that Jon will ride a dragon at some point on the final episodes of “Game of Thrones.” His touching moment with Drogon last season only fuelled that hypothesis.

It would be fitting for Jon to ride the beast named after his birth father, Rhaegar Targaryen.


We then get another look at Sansa, followed by scenes of Arya slicing her way through enemies.

HBOArya is a formidable fighter, but inexperienced in battle.

We’ve only ever seen Arya in one-on-one fights, so watching her unleash her assassination talents in a real battle should be thrilling.


The rest of the trailer is series of somber scenes.

HBOEmilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.

Dany looks morose as she slowly closes her eyes.


This is the only sight of Tyrion in the trailer.

HBOPeter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

He’s also looking concerned, which is par for the course these days.


Jorah is right in the thick of the battle.

HBOIain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont.

You can see Winterfell’s towers behind him.


And Brienne and Podrick are as ready as they will ever be.

HBOGwendoline Christie and Dan Portman as Brienne and Podrick.

All those days of training are about to be put to the test for our Podrick Payne.


Last but not least, we see the rotting leg of an undead horse walking towards Winterfell.

HBOIt is time.

The Night King approaches Winterfell, the last stronghold of the North and biggest assembled defence of the realms of men. The night is dark, and full of terrors.

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