It sometimes feels like we’ve been left out in the harsh, biting cold beyond the Wall for months, desperately huddling around a dying fire for warmth, gazing – longingly – into the distance as we ponder the eternal question: how long until Game of Thrones finally returns?
But don’t give up hope fellow Throne-heads because we’ve just had our very first glimpse of the eighth and final season.
As part of a teaser trailer for their upcoming shows, HBO released some tantalising footage of True Detective’s long-awaited season 3, Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies season 2 – and even a little look at Game of Thrones.
The video, which is mainly made up of footage from the previous season of GoT, features a brief glimpse of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) embracing Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in a snowy setting, which looks a lot like Winterfell.
Jon, looking tired and considerably older than when we last left him, approaches his half-sister/cousin after being apart for so long but, crucially, Sansa doesn’t exactly look thrilled to see him.
In fact, she glances icily away. But who is she looking at? Is she staring down Jon’s new flame and potential power rival Daenerys?
Until now, Sansa has been doing a pretty excellent job ruling the North after so many of her family members were killed and Jon effectively going AWOL. Is Sansa now suspicious of Jon and Danny and wondering whether they’ve really got the best interests of the North at heart?
Who knows… it could even lead to more family bloodshed and conflict in the final season. Whatever happens we know for sure that Jon and Sansa have proved themselves to be robust and cut-throat survivors in the back-stabbing world of Westeros. So their relationship will be absolutely crucial in the final season.
Twitter certainly had some thoughts on the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser and what it all means:
Game of Thrones will return for its final six episodes during the first half of 2019, and HBO expects the show will air all its episodes in time for the 2019 Emmys eligibility cut off, which is 31 May.
(Images: HBO / Game of Thrones)