It seems increasingly likely that we won’t see a single frame of Game Of Thrones’ upcoming final season until the first episode actually airs – but at least we now know exactly when that will be. A new trailer has some fresh footage of the Stark children navigating the crypts of Winterfell – surely a stylistic teaser rather than an actual sequence from the show – that closes out with the premiere date: 14 April. That’s exactly three months from today, in case you’re counting the days down. And why wouldn’t you be?
The trailer finds Jon, Sansa and Arya stalking through their family home’s underground passages, walking past statues of Ned and Catelyn Stark as prophetic lines of dialogue from past seasons echo. Notably, we hear Ned telling Jon: “You are a Stark – you might not have my name, but you have my blood.” Considering we now know Jon’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, it remains to be seen whether Ned’s quote will ring true. Is Jon a Stark at heart, despite his alternative lineage? And how will that affect his relationship and alliance with Daenerys, now known to be his aunt? Most heartening is the final shot, as a hard frost creeps towards the Stark trio – and they draw swords together to fight the encroaching winter.
We’ll find out how it all wraps up when the final season arrives in the coming months – and Sky Atlantic will be simulcasting each episode at 2am, for the most dedicated of fans to ensure they avoid any and all spoilers.