Who’s the best actor on Game of Thrones? Lena Headey is definitely in the running. The trailer only features snippets of her villainous character Cersei but proves that Headey only needs a few seconds to land a punch with a smirk, a grin or a frown.
Turn the lights on
HBO reportedly doubled the budget for the six episodes of season eight, but it appears that none of that money was spent on lighting.
The trailer is dark as a raven’s belly. Almost every scene seemingly takes place in underground crypts with burning torches that dimly catch the characters’ faces.
Fight, fight, fight!
The battle at Winterfell, the Stark family residence, looks like it’s going to be major. With night descending, the snow swirls as the White Walkers line up one side and the Unsullied legions line up on the other, each ready for a scrap that must have taken producers, cast and directors weeks to choreograph and shoot. Bring. It. On.
The return of old favourites
Any trailer for GoT gives fans the opportunity to tick off sightings of their favourite characters. And this sneak preview for season 8 rattled through glimpses of many familiar faces.
Tyrion – phew, thank goodness he’s back. The silver-tongued Varys turned nervously to his left in a cellar packed with people – are they hiding from invaders perhaps?
Tormund and his magnificent red beard were seen descending a flight of stairs. Jorah rode into battle heroically on horseback.
Gandry – with his shirt loosened like Poldark – was hard at work forging weapons. Missandei and Grey Worm (everyone’s favourite GoT lovebirds) had a kiss. Oh, and let’s not forget the dragons, swooping, squawking and breathing fire as usual.
The closing image would send chills down any Throner’s spine. The decaying legs and hooves of a White Walker’s horse step into frame from the left and land on the snow with two drum beats.
It’s at this moment that watching fans finally exhale after holding their breath for two minutes. And then maybe lie down in a dark room to contemplate what they have just seen.
Game of Thrones returns to OSN HD First on April 14