HBO Releases New Game of Thrones Footage Ahead of Release Announcement

Published on January 12, 2019

The long awaited final season of Game of Thrones is quickly approaching now that we’ve hit 2019. The show has been unusually hush hush about any details regarding the new season. But now that the premiere is only a few months away we’re going to start seeing more teasers and footage getting released. HBO has been extremely tight lipped, but released two new teasers in the last week leading up to a big announcement this Sunday. The network will be releasing the official premiere date for the final season during this week’s episode of True Detective.

Season 8

HBO released a trailer for its upcoming 2019 releases during the Golden Globe Awards last week. The trailer, which is about a minute long, comprises footage from shows like True Detective, Veep, Big Little Lies and Game of Thrones to announce the new seasons arriving this year. Fans of Game of Thrones were surprised to see that the clip, though small, revealed key plot points in the upcoming season that have been anticipated for quite some time.

In the clip, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are seen in Winterfell meeting Sansa Stark for the first time. Sansa tells Daenerys that Winterfell is hers, albeit with a lot of tension in the air. The clip also shows the Night King riding on the dragon he captured and killed at the end of season 7. The clip disproves many fan theories that Jon and Daenerys would show up to Winterfell only to see it’s been burned to the ground and abandoned. Does this now mean that Jon will find out his real last name from the start of the season? All signs seem to be pointing to yes.

An Announcement For An Announcement

HBO announced via Twitter yesterday that the network will be announcing the release date for the new season of Game of Thrones this Sunday. The announcement is set to happen during the premiere of True Detective Season 3. The tweet shows a text conversation between two people. One asks the other when the release date for the new season of Game of Thrones will be. The other person responds that they can find out with everyone else, this Sunday during the premiere of True Detective.

The announcement for the announcement gives no more information about the new season. But fans can presume that the premiere date will also show new Game of Thrones footage. Previous seasons have been announced in more excruciating ways. In Season 7, for example, fans had to watch nearly 20 minutes of ice melting before they could see the date hidden beneath.

The third season of True Detective will kick off on Sunday, January 13 on HBO. The announcement about the new and final season of Game of Thrones will come at some point during the premiere, but there’s no doubt that it will also be available online immediately after. The announcement about new Game of Thrones footage was, presumably, to get more people to watch True Detective.


Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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