To be fair, we know nothing (Jon Snow) will fill the King's Landing-size void left in our hearts from Game of Thrones.
But HBO can at least try. And try they did with the new teaser trailer for His Dark Materials. TBH, we'd give it a solid shot.
Based on the trilogy of YA novels by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass), His Dark Materials is a co-production with HBO and BBC starring James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson and Dafne Keen.
HBO's teaser trailer offers a quick glimpse at the first season, which follows Lyra, "a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust."
"As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living—and the dead—in their hands," the synopsis reads.
In the award-winning trilogy, everyone in the books has a "Daemon," like a visible spirit animal, that follows them everywhere. A few of these can be glimpsed in the trailer, and the CGI looks incredible. (Pipe down about Ghost and Drogon, will ya?!)
You may recall that The Golden Compass was made into a film in 2007, and starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. It earned lukewarm reviews (it garnered a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 51 out of 100 on Metacritic) because of its suppression of the source material's main implications.
We're hoping the HBO series can delve deeper into the books' themes and sub-level plot lines (there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding the anti-religious subject matter when the film came out).
While we don't have a release date yet, HBO did say the series, which has already begun production on a second season, is "coming soon."
Hey, we'll take whatever we can get at this point.