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.”
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.”
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.
One day we?re all going to look back at this & remember that we lived through TV history... I am not ready— JC (@JCbackfire) March 5, 2019
SKSKSJSJSKSKJ— hulu (@hulu) March 5, 2019
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.