Friday, March 8, 2019


Close to a decade ago, HBO blew the minds of the TV-viewing audience when they premiered their adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s medieval fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Named after the first book of the yet-unfinished saga, “Game of Thrones” stunned audiences by its blend of fantastical vistas and events with brutal politicking and grim darkness, where heroes drop like flies and tyrants prosper only until a global apocalypse comes for all. Over a year after the cliffhanger of season 7, the conclusion of the series arrives next month, with a full trailer released this week.
Entertainment Weekly tells us that a new trailer came out for season 8 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on Tuesday, March 5. This comes after a teaser last January revealing the premiere date (not the Super Bowl LIII parody ad collaboration with Bud Light). Where the January teaser only showcased three of the last remaining members of the protagonist Stark family, this new trailer finally begins to shed more light on the events that will transpire in the final season’s six episodes. As already reinforced in Season 7, the Winter that has been coming all series is finally here, and a final battle is looming.
Featured events in the trailer include a shocking state for Arya (Maisie Williams), the youngest Stark daughter. Her past season appearances have seen her evolve from a vengeful but powerless girl to a face-changing assassin that has been able to mete justice to several people who wronged her house. The first scene however sees her with an apparently bloody eye and scared witless, even as her voiceover repeats what her teachers taught her about death.
Elsewhere, the invasion force of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) aided by allies led by her nephew Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) march across Westeros to a decisive battle. It could be against the mad queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) or the doom-bringing Night King and his White Walkers.
Cersei’s brother Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), despite being trusted by nobody, seems resolved to join in the coming battles, while Cersei seems unconcerned. The equally insane Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Askbaek) sets his own plans into motion. Ultimately Daenerys’ army stands on a snowy evening battlefield against the Walkers. Who will survive? Will anyone survive?
“Game of Thrones” also stars, at this critical juncture, Joe Dempsie (Gendry Waters), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) among many others. The ending of the award-winning fantasy saga begins with the season premiere of April 13 only on HBO.
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