Television

‘Game of Thrones’ finally dropped a Season 8 trailer, and fans are loving it

Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
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Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The hugely popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” finally dropped a trailer for its eighth and final season Tuesday, racking up millions of views as fans reacted with unbridled enthusiasm.

The trailer for the show — which is widely known for its uber-secretive plot lines — features all the characters fans have come to know and love. It had nearly 9 million views at 2 p.m., just three hours after it was posted.

The trailer opens with Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) running through dark corridors, with her voiceover saying; “I know death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.”

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The trailer also shows Daenerys Targaryen’s (spoiler alert) two remaining dragons, as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) intones: “They’re coming. Our enemy doesn’t tire. Doesn’t stop. Doesn’t feel.”

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And Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) also had a short speaking part, in which he vows: “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.”

The ending scene is a jarring one, as key characters line up for battle, facing off against an ominous force that the viewer can only see as a pair of horse hooves. (C’mon, we all know it’s the White Walkers.)

The first episode of the final season will air April 14.

Fans (and other well-known organizations) reacted positively to the trailer, with many saying they couldn’t wait the full month-plus to see the first episode.

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HBO has previously said that the final season will feature six episodes. A prequel series, set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” also goes into production next year. The prequel will star Naomi Watts as a socialite with a dark secret. Josh Whitehouse from “Poldark” will also be in the series.