The first official teaser for Game of Thrones season eight has arrived.
The short clip was tweeted out with the words “Fire and ice”, and hinted that the final season of the wildly popular HBO series will be all about a cataclysmic showdown between the forces of fire (Daenerys, her dragons, and the fiery blood of the Targaryens) and ice (those pesky White Walkers).
While there is no new footage in the teaser, it definitely leaves one with a sense of real foreboding.
We see the Stone Table, that great map of Westeros located in the castle at Dragonstone, begin to freeze from the north.
First we see the wolf, representing the forces of Winterfell frozen solid, and then a Targaryen dragon. Then the perspective shifts and we see flames engulf the south. Most notably, the lion of Lannister burns up, in an image that evokes the fiery “Loot Train Battle” last season. Eventually the ice and fire erupt in the middle of the table.
Earlier this week, Vladimír Furdík — the actor behind the terrifying Night King — dropped the bombshell that the long-awaited battle will take place earlier than we’d expected, in the third episode of the six-episode season.
So who will win? Fire or ice? We’ll have to wait until season eight — the final season of Game of Thrones — hits HBO in April 2019.