‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser is an Exhilarating Reminder of Why it Just Might be Television’s Absolute Apotheosis

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Season 7 of Game of Thrones ended in a riveting state of suspense, with old enemies forming fragile alliances, and some with only the intention to later deceive. Sansa and Arya Stark saw to the execution of the scheming Littlefinger. While Cersei and Jamie Lannister seemed to be at an irreparable impasse.

But that was August 27, 2017 in the real world – and the long wait has likely sent more than a few GOT devotees into veritable seizures.

Now, at last, we have the first teaser for Season 8. Frustratingly, it does not contain any new footage (check this recent Entertainment Weekly cover story for a few titillating tidbits). Rather, it opens with Cersei dramatically proclaiming, “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win … or you die.” (Indeed, indeed.) It then collects some of the most breathtaking, pulse-quickening scenes from the previous seven seasons, from the epic battles to the epic betrayals – with even the long dead Ned Stark making an appearance.

More than anything, it is an exhilarating reminder of why Game of Thrones might just be the most monumental show ever to grace the small screen.

Season 8 officially begins in April 2019; start your binge re-watching now.