5 Takeaways From the New Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones fans can take a breather because the official trailer for the epic HBO series' eighth—and final—season has finally arrived, and it appears to be chock-full of spoilers. To help you sort through it all, we've compiled a list of the trailer's most prominent teases and hints about what we might be able to expect to when the new season makes its debut next month. Let the fan theories fly!

1. Jaime Lannister is fighting for the North.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in 'Game of Thrones'
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In the trailer we see Jaime Lannister fighting in some fiery battle, and saying, "I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise." Could this be the scene where he's telling his sister/lover Cersei that he's joining the North in their fight against the White Walkers?

2. Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark are back together.

One of the most endearing friendships in the show is between Sam and Bran, and according to the trailer they reunite in a quick scene. Bran says to Sam, "Everything you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home."

3. Dragons are flying North of the wall.

The trailer also features many scenes of Daenerys's dragons flying through the air—and from the look on Arya's face as she witnesses them from the ground, it looks like they could be coming to everyone's rescue. The dragons going past the wall means that they are taking the fight to the White Walkers.

4. Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion are alive.

Good news: Wildling Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Lord of Blackhaven Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) are alive, as they're shown in a quick scene where they are walking down a dark corridor. The last time we saw these two, they were trapped on top of the remaining part of the Wall after the Night King destroyed it with Viserion.

5. Arya Stark is running away from something in Winterfell.

Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

The first scenes we see are of Arya looking scared out of her mind and running around the halls of Winterfell with blood dripping down her face. What is she running from? Has the battle made its way into her family's castle?

Among other tidbits in the trailer we see are a teary-eyed Cersei, a comfortable looking Daenerys and Jon, and of course the beginnings of an epic final battle.

Game of Thrones premieres on April 14, 2019.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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