'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Predictions: Teaser Trailer Dooms Sansa and Arya
HBO finally announced when Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere (April 14) with a new teaser that focuses on three of the remaining Stark siblings: Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark. While it’s almost certain that the footage in the video won’t appear in the final season, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feature images that could hint at what’s to come for these characters.
Possible spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 below.
In the teaser (above), Jon, Sansa, and Arya walk through the crypts of Winterfell until they come upon statues of themselves. Fans have already begun to speculate that there are clues in those statues that reveal these characters’ fates.
While Sansa and Arya’s statues appear to reflect their current ages going into the final season, Jon’s looks to be older than he currently is on the show. His beard also appears to be fuller, suggesting some time has passed between Season 8 and his death.
Redditor u/issanovaa spotted the difference between their statues and speculated that it could mean something significant.
“Jon Snow was much older, almost the same age as Ned Stark,” they write. “So maybe the war goes on for years or he defeats them and starts again.”
While the age of his statue may not have anything to do with the war, Jon Snow outliving his sisters by a significant amount of time would certainly be a “bittersweet” ending, the kind of conclusion that author George R.R. Martin prefers.
Another fan believes Arya’s statue hints that she dies during battle, not because of her age in the replica but because of an item she’s holding. Redditor u/cfjbr notes that only her statue is holding a sword, which could mean the other two siblings don’t die with a weapon in their hands.
Then again, this could simply indicate how Arya will be remembered: as an assassin. So it may not have anything to do with her fate, tragic or otherwise. However, that doesn’t explain why Jon’s statue isn’t holding a sword, especially since we see him draw his as the frost in the teaser. Maybe he lives long enough to be remembered as a ruler during times of peace, and not just as a great warrior?
If the statues do in fact hint at tragic ends for Arya and Sansa, but not Jon, that could be one reason why Kit Harington was the only one left filming when he shot his final scene, as he told GQ Australia. However, we still don’t know if that will be Jon Snow’s final scene of Game of Thrones Season 8 since they typically film out of order.
Or maybe we’re all just reading a bit too much into this. As some fans have pointed out, the apparent differences in ages could simply be a byproduct of the sculpting process.
Redditor u/Fried_Cthulhumari thinks Jon’s facial hair ages up his statue, and redditor u/LeBunghole points out that “if you were to make a statue of Jon, you would probably make it look a little older, while the women are made young and beautiful.”
“Youth is much easier to sculpt than any other age. Smooth skin, no wrinkles, firm contours, etc.,” redditor u/CaveLupum adds, including the ages of the actors playing these characters. (Harington is 32, Sophie Turner is 22, and Maisie Williams is 21.) “Jon is older and more weathered after all his time on the wall and beyond. Moreover, even a few wrinkles and lines shown in high contrast gray tones will make the person look older anyway.”
Maybe it’s just a matter of making sure viewers could recognize these statues as these characters. They may not mean anything.
Meanwhile, it may be significant that Bran Stark is seemingly missing from the teaser since it focuses on the Stark family. Redditor u/strategoamigo believes this might even confirm another well-known theory.
“Why wasn’t Bran down there,” they ask. “Oh he was. He’s the one who brought the cold.”
In that case, maybe Bran really does become the Night King after traveling through time. That last one is probably a stretch, but with just a few months left before Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres, we’ll take any clues we can get.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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