8 Critical Shots You Might've Missed in the 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Trailer (PHOTOS)

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Jon Snow, rider of dragons?

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harington) are the last two surviving Targaryens, so it seems inevitable that he’ll take to the skies on dragonback alongside her, and the trailer certainly teases that eventuality. After all, no one has ridden Rhaegal, the dragon that was named for Jon’s biological father, Rhaegar Targaryen.

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The Golden Company arrives

In Season 7, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) revealed she was hiring the Golden Company, an army of sellswords, to bolster her forces. And in this trailer, we see that army making their way to Westeros aboard one of Euron Greyjoy’s ships. Euron (Pilou Asbæk) had traveled to Essos to retrieve the army, but the Golden Company leader with his back to the camera in this shot is a character we’ve not yet met.

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Tormund and Beric live

The Night King killed and then reanimated Dany’s dragon Viserion, whom he then used to punch a hole through the Wall at Eastwatch. Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and Beric (Richard Dormer) were caught up in that icy blast, but they’re alive and well in Season 8, this trailer reveals.

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Varys very scared

As the Night King’s army of White Walkers and wights advance south from the Wall, they’ll very quickly reach Winterfell, which is likely where we’ll see Season 8’s much-hyped epic battle. And it looks like Varys (Conleth Hill) and other civilians are taking shelter in the bowels of Winterfell. And for the record, the erstwhile Master of Whisperers looks uncharacteristically panicked.

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Podrick and Brienne on the front line

In one shot, we see Podrick (Daniel Portman) on the battlefield next to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), so it seems like Tyrion’s former squire has completed his combat training and is ready to join his tutor on the front lines, presumably defending Winterfell against the army of the undead.

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Gendry leading the blacksmiths

After a years-long absence, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally resurfaced on Game of Thrones last season, and as a skilled blacksmith, he’d be the perfect person to oversee the crafting of undead-killing dragonglass into weapons for the Winterfell forces. And it looks like that’s exactly what he’s doing in the trailer.

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Jaime leading the charge

Once Cersei told brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she had no plans to upkeep the truce she forged with Jon and Dany in the Season 7 finale, the former Kingslayer left her side to ride north and join her enemies in the war against the undead. And in this trailer, as we see shots of him in combat, we hear him saying that he intends to keep his promise to fight for the living.

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Jon Snow in the crypts

One of the most spoilery shots of the whole trailer is one of the first: a glimpse of Jon and Dany in the Winterfell crypts — which, not so coincidentally, is where his biological mother, Lyanna Stark, is interred. Given his somber expression, we can assume Jon learned from Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and/or Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) that he is the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar. And given that Dany is there, it’s probable that they’ll realize they’re actually aunt and nephew. Whether or not that stops their romance, however, is yet to be seen.

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HBO finally posted a full-length trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8, with just weeks to go before the Emmy-winning series returns for its final six episodes.

The two-minute video racked up more than 20 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube as fans of the fantasy series look for clues about what the endgame has in store.

Luckily for you, TV Insider reader, we’re highlighting eight brief but important moments from the trailer. We’re not saying these reveals will tide you over until April 14, but they should at least plenty of fodder for fan theories.

Game of Thrones, Final Season Premiere, April 14, HBO

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