The moment has finally come! Well, not exactly, so we’ll say “one of the moments” as we impatiently wait with fiend-like anticipation. But while April 12th is still a couple months away, we’ll prematurely state: WINTER IS HERE!!! And that’s because HBO has finally released a slew of photos giving us a first look at Game of Thrones’ season 8.
Now before we begin, I’ll peddle back some of our expectations here and say there aren’t exactly any spoilers from what I gleaned from these, but why would there be? HBO execs are too smart to let anything slip at this point. But what we do have is a pretty foundation courtesy of these photos in which to dissect a few hints. So what can we expect? Let’s start in the attic shall we?
In no particular order, I’m assuming these photos were released so I thought it best to pick up where we left off. Above we have a shot of what I’m surmising is Daenerys and Jon post boat-sex coming upon arrival at Winterfell. Jon looks ever-brooding per usual with a pinch of chill thrown in? It makes sense there’s more peace about him since he’s coming home, the one place familiar to him his entire life.
Daenerys on the other hand appears blatantly [and understandably] anxious. She’s preoccupied with something. I mean, it could be the impending doom brought to you by the fire-breathing baby she recently lost custody of, or simply the general stress of meeting your nephew’s, I mean boyfriend’s family (it’s one of those; or perhaps a combination. See the Lannisters if you’re aren’t caught up). My money’s on the latter since she’s probably rolling up on Casa Stark. Khaleesi should just remember; first impressions are everything.
Speaking of first impressions, I’m going to take an educated guess and say this shot is taken after the shade-full courtyard encounter. Why you ask? Because Sansa’s visage looks rather unimpressed with a dash of that famous Stark ice. The same expression she held when she disingenuously offered up her ancestral home. I got $5 on it that she’s listening to an inevitable speech made by either Daenerys herself or someone else on why the former can or cannot be trusted. After pleasantries it’s all business, right?
Voila, voila! New camera angle, same s**t. Now, heavily researched speculation but a speculation nonetheless, I’d say this shot is somewhere in the vicinity of the one above, just on the other side of Lady Stark’s eye-daggers. Again, the ‘why’ behind this is based solely on Daenerys’ lack of poker-face.
She’s wearing that identical uncomfortable smile from the teaser that screams something along the lines of “I’m extremely uncomfortable and I feel out of place.” Looks like she’s feeling a chill in the air and this time I don’t think it’s the weather outside but rather the vibes she’s feeling in the great hall here.
Here it appears like Brienne is carrying her look of concern from the courtyard into the hall. Again I believe Daenerys isn’t far behind here because right behind our beastly-blonde are the silhouettes of the Unsullied armor. If this isn’t the same scene, it’s a similar one. Whatever she’s hearing, it looks like it sounds grim. My guess is the topic of discussion fall long the lines of their battle plans, where the White Walkers are and general politicking before all hell breaks loose.
Another apprehensive look from a vet. No doubt in my mind that OG Davos is sitting among the diplomacy, taking everything in like the wise old-head that he is. Peep more of the Jet black Unsullied garb to his right.
What’s this? A smile? Well maybe more like a smirk, but it looks like the kingslayer wasn’t kidding around when he ghosted Kings Landing at the end of last season. He appears to be in the midst of the north as well. Strangely, he’s not adorning any of his usual garb. No golden Lannister Lion blinding the masses with it’s brilliance. Quite the opposite.
Instead of being the renowned sartorialist we know this Lannister to be, he looks scruffed, rugged, and quite toned down. Northern armor that has an uncanny resemblance to Robb Stark’s from Season 4. Let’s get back to that a smile. Knowing his history with Winterfell I’m skeptical he’s been accepted so quickly, especially by the Starks. That’s if hes even made it there yet. If so, I stack my chips on that smirk being for Brienne or even for his brother.
Speaking of which, Tyrion, “Mister Hand of the Queen”. Last we saw he had a foreboding look not unlike this one here before the preliminaries of boat-sex took place. Not much has changed I see. The difference in this shot however is the snow on the railings. He’s outdoors. Most likely on the battlements and most likely not liking whatever he’s observing/hearing.
And here we have the assassin formerly known as no one, reclaiming her name: Ayra Stark. In the same outfit we left her in post the Baelish Colombian-Necktie. You can see both Needle, a tribute Jon gave her resting on her right hip while her Valyrian Steel dagger rests to her right.
For them to be so prominent in the picture coupled with the expression she’s wearing tells me that list she made a few seasons back, is still on the agenda. I wonder who/what she’s looking at?
Jon is pictured here out in the Courtyard. Poor guy has stress written all over his face. He’s probably trying to figure out how to introduce his sisters to his aunt, I mean girlfriend. Perhaps Auntie Girlfriend works? Who knows.
In this shot, Varys, Master of Whispers is sporting some Targaryen-esque fashion here and wearing his signature look of curiosity. Last we checked he had switched his alliances and is now rolling deep with Daenerys. I’m guessing here he’s no doubt taking in the over-all atmosphere. Don’t let that stoic face fool you, the man probably knows more than he’s letting on.
Bran AKA the newly appointed three-eyed-raven looks rather Melisandre-esque staring deeply into those fires before him. Last we left him, he had a rather gargantuan revelation about his brother, Jon.
Namely that he’s not really his brother/a bastard/the son of Eddard but rather the offspring of his Aunt Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen. Heavy stuff mimicked by the heavy expression he wears in this shot. Perhaps he’s contemplating how to deliver the news?
OG Sam, one of the real heroes in the series lightens up the mood with his jolly demeanor here. My guess is he doesn’t know Khaleesi barbecued his Father and brother yet. Though it’s hard to tell if bad things are a-foot since he’s always wearing a smile, so I’ll go off what we saw of him last. At the tail end of S7, he’d just cured Jorah king of the friend-zone of greyscale.
Not long after him and his boo-thang, Gilly came across some life changing information at the Citadel– Jon’s true paternity. Chuckin’ the deuces up to Oldtown he, Gilly and little Sam make their way to the north. My guess about this shot is he’s still talking it up with someone and it’s most likely the aforementioned Bran. Fingers crossed he’s hearing some good news.
Ah, one of the most notorious of the series. This evil bitch. Sorry about that; Cersei Lannister. Her hair is still short and her demeanor still ultra icy. The few things that are different are of course how desolate she looks. At this point she’s rather solitary down there at Kings Landing since Jaime’s departure. Literally everyone is up north or at least heading there. Another noticeable difference is how obviously pregnant she looks here (see her dress protruding?)
At the end of s7 we the audience got confirmation that she was with-child. Game changer. However I’m almost 100% certain with all the drama about to unfold and only 6 episodes left, there’s really no way that baby’s making it to term. Looks like she’s just have to focus on being Queen of the Seven Kingdoms for now, what’s left of them anyway.
Last but not least and again in no particular order, we have Khaleesi and Jon again. She looks ever smitten and in perpetual bliss in this shot. Enjoy it while it lasts, Daenerys because I have a very nasty feeling what’s coming next is dark and full of terrors.
Damn you HBO!!! We appreciate the pictures but April 12th can’t get here fast enough.