By now, you’ve had the opportunity to watch, and re-watch, and rewatch, the new trailer for Game of Thrones season 8. If you’re like us, you’ve combed through every second looking for hidden clues, callbacks, and Easter eggs that you and your friends might have missed on the first hundred or so viewings.
Well, thanks to Redditor u/ascitien in the Game of Thrones subreddit, we can now look at the trailer through a new lens. Here’s what the trailer looks like when brightened considerably; the details really pop out now:
Let’s break down some of the things we noticed in this lightened version. First up, we can kind of make out exactly why Arya looks so panicked running through the halls of Winterfell at the top of the trailer. In this shot, if you look closely, she looks to be pursued by something with a skeletal face:
In this next shot, we see two figures. If those two are wights, then they’re freshly made, because they seem almost alive. The one on the left looks like the more hulking of the two, and seems to be sporting a cloak of some sort:
Keeping with Arya, during the Battle of Winterfell, she will find herself on the castle’s battlements. Look behind her head. Are those two guys/wights climbing over the wall?
Ser Jorah will be fighting in the Battle of Winterfell, and it looks like he’s got a brand new toy to play with: the Tarly family Valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane.
That makes sense. Sam is bringing Heartsbane with him to Winterfell. He and Jorah bonded last season 7, when Sam cured his greyscale. I can see Sam gifting Jorah the sword; he’ll make good use of it.
Didn’t think Euron Greyjoy was in the trailer? It’s hard to tell, but I think that’s him standing to our right in front of the Iron Throne:
I’m guessing Euron is presenting Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company, to Queen Cersei.
Why do I think this is Euron? Well, the jacket matches the one he wore in season 7:
Check out the Unsullied soldiers standing all in a row. Thus lightened, we can see there are trebuchets in the background, the better to fling fire at the army of the dead.
Finally, in this shot of
Legolas and Gimli Brienne and Podrick standing on the front lines before the Battle of Helm’s Deep Battle of Winterfell, you can see the Knights of the Vale are standing behind them. Notice the House Aryn crest on the shield of the guy standing between the pair.
Bonus: that’s totally Haldir from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers behind Podrick!
Unexpected crossover ahoy.