'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Trailer Release Date: HBO Says It's Still Coming
Sometimes trailers can reveal too much. On the other hand, teasers can reveal too little. In the case of Game of Thrones, fans are eagerly eating up even a few seconds of new footage from the final season in HBO’s sizzle reels and dissecting teasers featuring images that won’t even appear in the episodes. But don’t worry, that won’t be all you’ll have to watch before the Season 8 premiere.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly that there will be a traditional trailer, even if they don’t think it’s necessary. And they’re not alone.
“[David Lynch] was saying he wished there were no trailers,” Benioff said, citing an earlier interview with the celebrated director.
“These days, movie trailers practically tell the whole story,” Lynch told Rolling Stone prior to the Twin Peaks revival premiere in 2017. “I think it’s really harmful. For me, personally, I don’t want to know anything when I go into a theater. I like to discover it, get into that world, try to get as good of picture and sound as possible, no interruptions — so you can have an experience. And anything that putrefies that is not good.”
In case you were worried, Weiss added that they wouldn’t be doing that —- and you have another HBO series to thank.
“We went and saw Ready Player One with our kids and they played the Westworld trailer and it looked great,” he told EW. “And we’re like, ‘Ah, we should do that.’”
The initial Westworld trailer was creepy and thrilling without giving anything about the actual show away. So you can probably expect something similar for Game of Thrones Season 8, though that won’t stop fans for analyzing every frame.
It’s still unclear when the Game of Thrones trailer will drop, but EW speculates that HBO is waiting until the last possible minute because it knows fans are already excited for Season 8. So there’s no need for a trailer to hype it up. It’s also likely we’ll only get one actual trailer, which means it won’t arrive until just before the April 14 premiere date.
So far, HBO has released only two brief looks at the new season (both presumably from Episode 1) in sizzle reels. In the first, Jon Snow and Sansa reunite. In the second, Sansa and Daenerys meet.
Other than that, we’ve only seen a couple of teasers, including the one that announced the premiere date and featured the Starks in the crypts at Winterfell. It’s likely neither features any footage that we’ll see in the actual episodes.
With the Super Bowl coming up, naturally fans speculate we could be getting a trailer then. However, there will still be just over two months until the Season 8 premiere at that point at that point. So it’s more likely we’ll get a teaser or a short trailer than the full one fans are hoping to see.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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