HBO's First 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Clip Is a Brief But Meaningful Reunion
Last night, before the "Sharp Objects" finale, HBO shared one of its classic next year teases -- this time promoting many originals coming in 2019.
We got our first clip of Meryl Streep in "Big Little Lies" Season 2, the first look at "True Detective" Season 3 (before a full trailer followed), a look at the final season of "Veep," and a glimpse of "Game of Thrones" Season 8.
A "glimpse" is right, because the only new "Game of Thrones" shot appeared to be around the 1:10 mark of the video below -- the brief scene of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) hugging Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in a new reunion at Winterfell:
That shot was confirmed to be new, and not from any previous reunion from the past two seasons. The rest of the "Game of Thrones" footage was recycled, despite some reports suggesting the Jaime or Gendry clips were new. They just recut and repackaged a lot.
Fans were hoping for a full "Game of Thrones" Season 8 premiere date, or a full trailer. But they made do with what they got -- and took the opportunity to analyze the clip into the ground:
Sansa may be giving Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) the stank eye, but we're not buying that any kind of rivalry is brewing. Nobody has time for that. They are all (except maybe Cersei) smart enough to realize there are now bigger fish to fry. It's exciting to think that a Jon/Arya reunion is probably right behind that scene -- and an Arya/Gendry reunion. So many reunions for the final season! Our tear ducts may be the first casualty.
Sophie Turner recently told Digital Spy Season 8 shows Sansa as "a real, true leader of Winterell now. And that's where we first see her – as a very protective, empowered lady in charge. It's the first time you ever see her like that, and it's so amazing to see her like that – kind of owning her destiny."
"Game of Thrones" is meant to premiere in the first half of 2019. Some people assumed that meant April, but they were basing that on rumors that were probably wrong; HuffPost has an interview with visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer that suggests the premiere will more likely be in May/June.
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