40-second teaser with no actual footage from Season 8. But honestly, the day I can’t obsess over a 40-second teaser with no actual Season 8 footage is the day I will be no longer a die-hard Game of Thrones fan.
The trailer, which was released on Wednesday evening, shows ice and fire spreading across a map. As both spread towards the center, tiny statues representing many Houses — wolf/Stark; dragon/Targaryen; lion/Lannister — are engulfed.
As it was pointed out on Twitter and Reddit, though, they weren’t all engulfed by the same thing.
There are a lot of interesting points in that tweet, and a lot of room for speculation in the teaser. One thing that seems very deliberate, though, are those close-up shots of the statues. First the wolf is engulfed in ice; then the dragon is engulfed in ice; then, finally, the lion is swept in fire.
So what, exactly, does this mean?
A simple guess would be that the ice and fire represent the things that will ultimately destroy, or at least badly damage, the houses in question — so white walkers for the Starks and the Targaryens, and fire — possibly wildfire — for the Lannisters.
If we’re delving even deeper, it’s also possible the order those three things are engulfed in could provide some foreshadowing. The Stark stronghold of Winterfell falling foul to the attacking walkers seems in line with the big battle we believe will be taking place in the first half of the season, for instance. The dragon freezing could represent one of Daenerys’ beasts falling foul to the Night King further down the line, meanwhile, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think the flaming lion being symbolic for Cersei ultimately bringing about her own fiery downfall.
Or it could all be a huge red herring, deliberately intended to ignite as much internet debate as possible.
We have to wait till April to find out.