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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Out: Here’s What It Tells

GoT S8 trailer
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After several posters, teasers and motion pictures, HBO has finally released the first official trailer of the Game of Thrones Season 8. The Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer gives the fans the first extended look at the show’s final season.

Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer – what it tells?

On Tuesday, HBO released the trailer with a message “the trailer is here.” The Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer is about two minutes long and opens with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) talking about the upcoming threat from the White Walkers and the army of the dead.

“I know death. He’s got many faces,” Arya Stark says in the official trailer. “I’m looking forward to seeing this one.”

One good thing about the trailer is that it shows almost every character in the show, including Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley).

While everyone else is preparing for the Great War, Cersei (played by Lena Headey) at King’s Landing is seen sipping wine unaffected by the White Walkers and war. The trailer concludes showing Night King’s horse.

Game of Thrones last season ended with a revelation that the White Walkers have their own dragon. The final scene of the last season showed White Walkers breaking the great ice Wall of Westeros.

Now, the final season will be all about the battle that every fan has long been waiting for. It is the battle that Jon Snow warned Cersei about in the last season. But, the queen made it clear that she won’t help in the battle unless Jon bows down to her as Queen.

This last season would have the longest consecutive battle sequence, and the showmakers claim that this has never happened in a television show or even in a movie. A previous report from Entertainment Weekly claimed that the sequence of Battle of Winterfell was shot over 55 consecutive nights.

What fans are saying?

After debuting in 2011, Game of Thrones has built a massive fan base globally. It has become one of the most popular television series of all time. So, as was expected, the GoT S8 trailer has triggered debates among fans over what possibly could happen in the final season. Some prayed for Arya Stark’s well-being as in the trailer she is seen running from an unknown threat, while some made guesses over who could end up on the Iron Throne and who wouldn’t survive the season.

Moreover, the trailer has sparked plenty of memes and jokes as well. “I really hope Donald Trump’s presidency ends before #GameofThrones. I’d love to just enjoy the last season in peace,” one user tweeted.

Mostly, fans are counting the days to the premiere. “My biggest fear is dying before the 14th of April,” a user tweeted.

Most expensive show ever

The final season will premiere on April 14 on HBO, and it will be a six-episode series. Even though it has just six episodes, it is the most expensive GoT season. The seventh season of the show cost about 10 million (£7.5 million) per episode. A report from Variety in 2017 claimed that each episode of the final season would cost more than $15 million, the biggest ever in a TV show.

The most expensive show so far is NBC’s ER. This medical drama at its peak in the late nineties cost NBC $13 million per episode. However, $10 million (of the $13 million) went to Warner Bros for the exclusive broadcasting rights, notes a report from Telegraph. Much of the show’s popularity was due to George Clooney, who left the series in 1999.

Much of the budget for Game of Thrones’ final season is expected to go toward the salaries of the main characters.  A 2016 report from the Express claimed that the five main characters – Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) – got about $2 million each for the seventh series.

In comparison, the main cast members of Friends got about $1 million each per episode for the final series. Separately, Kelsey Grammar got about $1.6 million per episode in NBC’s sitcom Frasier.