5 Takeaways From the New Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

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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
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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.

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

Game of Thrones's Episode 3 Teaser May Contain a Hidden Message from Daenerys to Jon

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," had its fair share of moments that could have given away hints for episodes to come, like in the writers' decision to include "Jenny's Song," or in Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen that they're related.

One fan theory about the fate of Westeros, however, comes from the previews for next week's episode. Posted by Reddit user IgnorantSportsFan, the theory centers around one pivotal line uttered during a conversation between Daenerys and Jon: "The dead are already here."

"That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant—but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them," the theory begins."Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people. All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but its GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched?"

The theory certainly adds up, emphasized by the reminder that there were clips included of Arya Stark fighting in the crypts.

Could the dead be rising in the crypts of Winterfell as the White Walkers rapidly approach? We'll find out soon.

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