A teaser for the final season of Game Of Thrones has dropped, and like most teasers these days, it may give fans a hint at the final fate of some key characters.
The teaser takes place within the well-known location of Winterfell’s crypts.
Jon Snow, and his sisters Sansa and Arya, are each walking through the crypts. Along the way, they pass by the statues of a few dearly departed Stark family members.
Eventually, they reach three statues that resemble themselves, and magical ice begins to slowly engulf the crypt.
This Game of Thrones teaser is definitely ominous. Already, fans are attempting to find deeper meaning in it. Particularly, gathering hints as to the fate of the Stark family.
When we left the King in the North at the end of season seven, he was in the midst of a steamy liaison with Queen Daenerys Targaryen. Unfortunately, this was going on at the same time Bran Stark was discovering that Jon was the true-born son of Daenery’s brother, Rhaegar.
This means that Jon has a stronger claim to the Iron throne than Dany, a reveal that could complicate things for the new couple in the coming season.
In the teaser, Jon first passes by the statue of his Mother, Lyanna. In voice over, Lyanna makes Ned Stark promise to protect Jon- a reminder of his newly revealed Targaryen heritage. He then passes by Ned’s statue, with another voice-over from Ned reminding Jon that he has Stark blood.
These moments serve to establish that Jon is both Stark and Targaryen. The union of ice and fire from the book series’ title.
Fans have pointed out that Jon’s statue does not actually look like the present Jon, but rather an older version of him. Some are choosing to take this as evidence that Jon Snow will survive the events of the series.
Season seven of Game of Thrones saw Arya return home to Winterfell after an extended absence. During this absence, she completed rigorous training to become one of the Faceless Men, the land’s most dangerous assassins.
Upon her return, she initially faces conflict with her older sister Sansa. However, the pair eventually unite to take down the scheming Littlefinger.
Arya’s walk through the crypt does not coincide with the appearance of any of her family’s statues. Although, she does first appear during Catelyn Stark’s voice over about being unable to love a motherless child. Arya, more so than the other Stark siblings, never had a problem loving Jon Snow, so this may hint at her potential to avoid her mother’s mistakes.
Unlike Jon’s statue, Arya’s appears to depict her around her current age. The ice also seems closest to engulfing Arya by the end of the teaser.
If these are in fact hints, things do not seem to bode well for the younger Stark sister.
After three seasons being bounced around under Littlefinger’s manipulations, Sansa, with an assist from her returned siblings, manages to finally take him out of the game in season seven.
The scene was a triumphant one for the young Starks, and served as a reminder of their Father’s early lesson that they are stronger together.
Sansa is, notably, the only character in the teaser without a physical weapon. This may symbolise that the major weapon at Sansa’s disposal are the skills of manipulation and mind games she has learned throughout her journey thus far.
Also notable is that while Jon and Arya both have weapons, neither one moves to protect their defenceless sibling. This may hint at a rift between the surviving Starks in the coming episodes.
We’ll see if any of this speculation proves correct when Game Of Thrones returns on April 14.