Before you panic and start burning wildfire all over the place, chill. Audiences will still get a glimpse at the fantasy-epic's final bow before it hits HBO on Sunday, April 14. That said, if it were strictly up to executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, we all might just have to wait to see what's ahead for the six-episode season until it actually airs.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Benioff citedTwin Peaks' David Lynch to say that "he wished there were no trailers" at all, with which the duo agreed. "It's true, you could just go into a movie and see something completely fresh," said Benioff. Weiss then chimed in with, "I wish there were no trailers. I just want somebody to say, 'Trust me, go see this.'"
It's too late for any of that at this point, of course. So far, there have already been three small teasers for the coming season, and two of them seem to drop some major hints about what to expect from the long-awaited arrival of winter this spring. The first teaser showed a collision of fire and ice, with the house sigil animals (a wolf, a dragon and a lion) all standing guard as the contrasting elements flowed in. That was all nice and metaphorical, but it was the second teaser that really got jaws to the floor.
In an ad that debuted during the Golden Globes, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is shown handing the keys of Winterfell over to "Your Grace" Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and since no one actually expects the Lady of Winterfell to take the news of Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) knee-bending so well, we have to wonder if this is foretelling a surprise truce ... or some sneaky Stark subterfuge -- Sansa did learn from Littlefinger, after all.
More recently, a new teaser showed Jon, Sansa and Arya (Maisie Williams) visiting the Stark family crypt, sparking a ton of speculation about whether this presages their own fate and why the heck brother Bran is nowhere in sight.
To be fair to Benioff and Weiss, they did still admit to recognizing the value of a good trailer. When asked whether they'd try to hold back on releasing one for Season 8, Weiss said, "We won't. Because then we went and saw Ready Player One with our kids and they played the Westworld trailer and it looked great. And we're like, 'Ah, we should do that.'"
For those who do want to honor the wishes of these two and wall themselves off from any more previews of the new season, it's probably best to go ahead and start taking a long hiatus from all of the internet until April. Good luck with that.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on HBO on Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c.