Whether you tuned into last night’s True Detective premiere and caught the first glimpse of the new Game of Thrones teaser trailer and release date, or you’ve gone down a GoT black hole at work today, you already know: April 14.
While the new trailer left us with a haunting suspicion that we’re not ready for what’s in store (and neither are the Stark kids), we weren’t really provided with any new footage. Instead of using scenes from the upcoming eighth and final season, HBO created a standalone promo. Though, we did get some good voiceovers from dead characters…and they’re a major clue for season eight.
In the first few seconds, viewers see a mysterious feather drop to the ground in the crypts of Winterfell. Lyanna Stark’s voice can be heard telling her brother Ned, “You have to protect him,” as she handed over baby Jon in the Tower of Joy. While Ned can’t protect him now that he’s dead, we have a pretty good idea of who will…
Next, we see Sansa walk by a statue of her mother, Catelyn Stark. We hear Catelyn’s voice say, “The horror that has come to my family, all because I couldn’t love a motherless child.” This is a reference to Jon Snow, since she believed him to be Ned’s bastard child.
Finally, we see Arya Stark before the video cuts back to Jon walking past Ned’s statue. “You are a Stark,” the Ned voiceover says. “You might not have my name, but you have my blood.” Um, obvious much?! He’s clearly talking about how his sister Lyanna is Jon’s real mother, and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen.
Ninety days…and it can’t go by fast enough.