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    Winter is almost here: HBO has just dropped a mind-blowing 90-second-long Game of Thrones season 8 teaser, which is giving fandom the creeps.

    The first full Game of Throne teaser focuses on House Stark and shows Jon Snow, Sansa, and Arya – all making their way through the crypts under their family home in Winterfell.

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    Then Jon is seen walking past the statue of his biological mother, Lyanna Stark, who says “You have to protect him”. This line is from the season 6 finale, when Lyanna made her brother Ned vow to take care of her and Rhaegar Targaryen’s son – Jon.

    The goosebump-worthy teaser then shows Sansa approaching her late mother Catelyn’s statue:

    “All this horror that has come to my family… it’s all because I couldn’t love a motherless child”, Catelyn’s voiceover is heard in a reference to season 3.

    The camera further cuts to Arya, who walks down the hallway, and then shows Jon passing Ned’s statue.

    “You are a Stark. You might not have my name, but you have my blood”, Ned says in season 1.

    The siblings eventually reunite at the crypt’s end and come face-to-face with three tombstone statues… of themselves – not the best plot twist for those hoping for a happy ending.

    In the final seconds of the grimmest teaser so far, frost descends, extinguishing the torch in Jon’s hand, which gives an inkling of an icy fate beneath Winterfell. Jon and Arya are seen simultaneously pulling out their swords and showing that they are ready to fight against the White Walkers.

    Unsurprisingly, fans of the show have been analysing – maybe even overanalysing – the clip to find any hints as to how the event will unfold.

    A vast number of viewers have suggested that the statues mean that the three siblings will meet their mortal end, although they assumed that Jon looked old, while his sisters were seemingly the same age they are now:

    Even though the footage is quite dramatic, and fans are obviously not in the mood for jokes, one netizen couldn’t help but poke fun at the statues:

    Many have noticed that while the troika was shown in the footage, their brother Bran was not there with them. Some pointed to the long-standing theory that Bran is the Night King – the warlord of the White Walkers.

    One Twitterian tried to explain that Bran had similar facial features with the Night King:

    The lion’s share of social media users are overwhelmingly excited at the trailer and are longing for the season’s premiere to find out how the show is going to end:

    The wildly popular theory that Bran is the Night King has been the making rounds on the internet since 2017.

    There have been several occasions where the leader of the Army of the Dead appeared to know what was going to happen before it actually did, and Bran’s abilities as the Three-Eyed Raven would explain how the Night King can predict the outcome of certain events.

    The eighth and final season of HBO’s biggest hit, Game of Thrones, will premiere on 14 April.


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