Is it April yet? We’re just three months away from the final season of Game of Thrones, and fans of the series simply cannot wait for it to air on April 14. Before the season premiere of True Detective, HBO released a short video getting everyone pumped about the new season. However, this wasn’t like a traditional trailer we’ve seen in the past. This one minute and 45 second teaser seemed to do nothing but foreshadow the doom for most of the surviving members of the Stark family. Maybe we’re reading way too much into it, but after watching this video numerous times, it seems to tell the story of the Stark family and may give some clues to what will happen to them by the end of Season 8.
Here’s what we (think we) learned about the final season of Game of Thrones based on the teaser. Additionally, since it’s been a while since we last saw these characters, here’s a little bit of a reminder as to what has happened in Westeros over the course of the past seven seasons.
The Crypts Of Winterfell
The video opens up with someone walking through the crypts of Winterfell. Below the castle, which has–for the most part–been run by the Starks, are where the family’s ancestors are buried and memorialized. There are statues commemorating all those who have passed on, and many times, we’ve seen members of the Stark clan plotting and discussing strategy down there.
Jon Snow’s journey has been a memorable and complex one throughout the show. During Season 7, Snow headed to Dragonstone to meet with Daenerys Targaryen. He needed the dragonglass that the castle has as well as Targaryen’s help to fight off the White Walkers and the Night King. However, he would have to “bend the knee” to her in order to get her help. She and Snow ended up getting a bit romantic, which is a bit gross since she’s his aunt.
Lyanna Stark is Jon’s birth mother and Sansa and Arya’s aunt. She and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen had a son together–Jon–but she died during childbirth. She’s memorialized in the crypt next to a direwolf, which is the emblem of House Stark. There were six direwolves the Starks found in Season 1, and all but two are dead now. Jon’s wolf Ghost and Arya’s wolf Nymeria are still alive.
The White Feather
A white feather flies off the hand of the Catelyn statue and falls to the ground. A white raven from the citadel signifies that winter is here.
Sansa had a very busy Season 7. She was reunited with Bran and Arya. She found out about what Arya had been doing while she was away. She became the Lady of Winterfell while Jon was at Dragonstone, when Bran refused his lordship. She’s come a long way from Season 1, where she was a snotty kid who wanted to marry a prince. She’s in charge now and has to fight to defend her land.
Catelyn Stark was Arya and Sansa’s mother–and Jon’s as well, but not his biological mother. She met her fate during the infamous Red Wedding in Season 3.
The girl who has no name, and also has no problem assassinating people is also in the crypt. In Season 7, she finally returned home to Winterfell. She confronted Sansa about their father’s death at the end of Season 1, which was under the orders of Joffrey. She finished Season 7 by killing off Littlefinger under Sansa’s orders, which was incredibly satisfying to many viewers.
Ned Stark, played by Sean “my-characters-always-die” Bean, met his end by way of getting his head chopped off in Season 1. His death shook the family to its very core, and it was the most shocking moment of Season 1.
Bran is busy being the Three-Eyed Raven, but Sansa, Arya, and Jon are reunited for the first time in a very long time in the crypts. All of them have very much come into their own.
In front of the three are their statues. Both Arya and Sansa’s statues look young, while Jon’s looks older. Does this foreshadow their fate for the end of Season 8? Will both Arya and Sansa perish during the battle with the White Walkers, while Jon lives on to become old and rule Winterfell?
After this, the white raven feather freezes, and a white fog fills the crypt. The three draw their weapons and prepare themselves for battle. We’ll learn more about the final season of Game of Thrones in the upcoming months, up until the premiere on HBO on April 14 at 9 PM ET / PT.