New 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 pictures suggest things are about to heat up in Winterfell
With a new foreigner entering their land, and their king bending the knee, the Northerners are either awestruck or cynical about the situation
Winter is here and the war beyond the Wall has come to the North. Soon it will spread its reach to the Southern lands of King's Landing, where Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is arrogantly awaiting the arrival of her enemies. HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is about to return with its final season in April and this time there will be only one winner standing. Coming from creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, the show is based on George RR Martin's 'A Game of Thrones', the first book in the series 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. While the show launched its trailer earlier this month, after a long wait, it has now revealed shots from scenes that might play significant roles in Season 8.
Sky Atlantic UK, the channel which airs 'Game of Thrones' in the UK has released these pictures, and fans on Reddit cannot get enough of it. As we wait for the Great War, let's take a look at what the pictures might signify about the characters:
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1. Bran looking up
The picture itself suggests that the youngest living Stark boy, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven, is perhaps distracted by something he sees in the sky. As we already know that being the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wight) might not be able to walk but he can fly through real time, and perhaps watching Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) dragons fly into Winterfell, gives him a sense of hope. The scene also reminds us of Season 1, when Bran had observed the arrival of the Lannisters and the Baratheon ruler from the top of a tower. While at that time he had looked down upon them, this time he looks up at the arrival of the foreign invaders. This subtle change on Bran's perspective indicates Daenerys' upper-hand as the most suitable ruler of the Iron Throne. Unlike King Robert (Mark Addy), she is a Queen who cares for her people and that automatically makes her a much greater ruler than anyone else.
2. Brienne appears sincere
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) has pledged her loyalty to the Starks several times, and she ultimately decided to serve the Stark children as promised to Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). While on one hand, she had rescued Sansa (Sophie Turner) and helped her reunite with Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), on the other hand, in Season 7, she helped Arya (Maisie Williams) hon her skills in warfare. No matter whoever walks in, and whoever becomes a ruler, Brienne of Tarth is not a woman who changes alliance. She will perhaps remain faithful to the Stark kids until the very end.
3. Khaleesi and Ser Jorah
Nothing made us happier than Khaleesi re-uniting with her only friend, Ser Jorah (Ian Glen). Jorah, who was initially working as a spy to Varys to keep an eye on the exiled Targaryens, developed an unrequited feeling for Daenerys as she rose from a widow to the Mother of Dragons. He was the first one to lend a helping hand to her when she was practically a nobody, and by the looks of the picture, it seems that he has got her back once again. The image seems to come right after they arrive at Winterfell, and perhaps Jorah and Khaleesi were interrupted by something unexpected when they were in a discussion.
4. Khaleesi of the North
Clearly the Northerners will not be very pleased with the arrival of yet another foreigner since we know how that went the last time. However, from this picture, it seems Khaleesi herself is quite displeased by something, and hopefully, she will not yell out "Dracarys" while she is inside those walls. She is sitting upon a Stark chair and it seems that this is probably one of those meetings that Jon calls in order to discuss warfare. However, perhaps this time the meeting didn't go as accepted and there is one aspect of it that Daenerys clearly doesn't approve of. It is probably Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) whose presence in Winterfell wasn't expected by any of them.
5. Jon Snow knows Something
There is one thing that Jon Snow knows which is the impending threat of the White Walkers upon the land, and he is the one who has managed to bring all of Westeros together in order to fight the dead. However, just like Khaleesi, it seems that he is not very pleased with something, or maybe he is just brooding in his classic way. Whatever it is, Jon might just feel guilty about bending the knee to a foreigner without consulting his sister, Sansa, who is now the Lady of Winterfell. The picture itself indicates that he is ashamed of what he did but he knows that he had no other choice but to let a foreigner enter his land and take the throne in order to defeat the dead.
6. Sansa has a plan
This older Stark girl has been surprising us ever since she redeemed herself and became the Lady of Winterfell. Throwing away her teenage nagging self, Sansa is now a master strategist who has retained the humanity of her mother making her the perfect heir of Winterfell. However, the trailer itself had revealed that she is not entirely pleased with Jon's decision of bending the knee to Daenerys, and by this picture, it seems that she has a plan. Clearly, Sansa will not kill Daenerys but there might be another target that the Lady of Winterfell wishes to get rid off. However, let's just take a moment and admire how she has grown, and how she will make the perfect Queen for the Iron Throne (if that ever happens).
'Game of Thrones' Season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14, and Winter is Here!