The first footage from the final season of Game of Thrones surfaced Sunday night in a new video highlighting HBO's upcoming programming slate. Airing ahead of the hauntingly beautiful Sharp Objects finale, the sizzle reel supposedly features our first glimpse at the fantasy epic's eighth season, but it was thrown in with a bunch of footage from Season 7. Everything looks the same at this point, so who really knows what's new?
OK, fine, I'm pretty sure that the footage of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) embracing Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment — I am not kidding, pretend the Weeping Angels are staring you down right now because you will seriously miss this if you even dare blink — is new. It doesn't appear to be their reunion at Castle Black; rather, it seems to be new footage depicting Jon's return to Winterfell.
The final six episodes of Game of Thrones are expected to debut during the first half of 2019. Many fans and critics were anticipating an April premiere date — the show has traditionally aired in the spring, though Season 7 aired in the summer — which would allow plenty of time to air all six episodes prior to the cut-off date for the 2019 Emmys. However, over the weekend, a visual effects supervisor for the show told the Huffington Post that the team is just now beginning to work on Season 8 and that the season should be eligible for Emmy consideration in 2020. But Entertainment Weekly reports that HBO still expects the show to air all six of its episodes within the eligibility window, so honestly, let's just say that Game of Thrones will air whenever the hell Game of Thrones wants to air and call it a day.
Game of Thrones will return in 2019 at some point. Probably.