The fight for the Iron Throne has begun because ‘Winter is here’. Season 8 or the final season of Game of Thrones is edging closer and in the latest trailer ‘Crypts of Winterfell’, HBO revealed its release date which is April 14. Since it is the most awaited series, over-analysis of the trailers that ain’t giving much is obvious.
Writing the trailer in simpler words, the latest teaser focuses on Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Arya Stark, three of the remaining four Stark children. Each character walks through Winterfell’s labyrinthine crypt and passes statues of deceased ancestors, while quotes from previous episodes echo ominously in the background. Finally, the three Starks meet in front of a row of statues representing themselves and are followed by an icy wind, clearly intended to show that winter has now very much arrived and is headed directly for Winterfell.
Wondering where you heard the lines before? We are here to tell you. As Jon Snow passes through the statue of Lyanna, his biological mother she says ‘you have to protect him’. The lines were said by her in the flashback scene of the final episode of season 6 when she gave birth to Jon Snow and by “protect him” Lyanna meant for Ned to keep Jon’s heritage a secret because if Robert Baratheon had known that Jon’s father was Rhaegar Targaryen, he would’ve surely been killed or exiled.
Next Sansa, walks past Catelyn’s statue. “All this horror that has come to my family. It’s all because I couldn’t love a motherless child,” Catelyn says. This is part of Catelyn’s speech to Robb’s wife Talisa in season 3. This line clears indicates how Catelyn had bitter hindsight towards Ned bastard child but the tragedy of the character is that’s he died without knowing Jon’s secret that Ned Stark was loyal.
Finally, Jon passes Ned Stark’s statue and the line accompanied by the scene is “You are a Stark. You might not have my name, but you have my blood.” Ned says this way back in Episode 2, “The Kingsroad,” as he and Jon part for the last time. In this scene, Ned promised to tell Jon about his mother when next they met but this never happened.
At the last when all the three siblings meet at the end and find their statues which alludes that the future tells them that they are going to but then Jon looks a bit older than Arya and Sansa. Does that hint that he’ll live longer? The reappearance of the white feather is also unclear. It’s also interesting that all three quotes featured in the teaser revolve around Jon’s parentage.
The trailer is full of symbolism but what happens next and what will happen when they’ll face the Night King is something we’ll get to see in April. Until then let’s re-watch these trailers and decode more theories around it. Also, to get your dose of fir and ice check out our #ForTheThorne collection.