On Sunday we learned that the final Game of Thrones season was delayed again and won’t arrive until the summer of 2019. Perhaps in an effort to calm everyone down about how long they’ll have to wait for new Thrones and might go all Tommen Baratheon over the delay, HBO released footage of the final season.
The clip from Season 8 is extremely, extremely brief and if you blink you’ll miss it. The new footage is included in video titled “Coming Soon” that promotes various HBO shows in their 2019 lineup including the new True Detective season.
The video features plenty of footage from Season 7 of Game of Thrones featuring Daenerys Targaryen, Ser Davos Seaworth, Gendry as well as the Lannisters: Tyrion, Cersei, and Jaime.
But there is one quick snippet of the final season at the 1:10-mark. The teaser features Jon Snow and Sansa Stark reuniting at Winterfell in a tender moment.
This new footage is not to be confused with the last time Jon and Sansa had a touching reunion at Castle Black reunion in Episode 4 of Season 7.
The two-second clip shows Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, embracing Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner. You’ll notice that Sansa is definitely not as emotional in this reunion with Jon as the one in Season 7. No “hug as hard as you can because you miss a loved one so much” feeling. There’s also no “keep your eyes closed during the hug so that you can just focus on the sentimental hug” feeling.
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After coming face-to-face with dragons and an army of White Walkers, Jon has seen some shit and is happy to be home in Winterfell with his family. But Sansa doesn’t look too enthused for Jon’s homecoming. The camera focuses on Sansa’s face during the embrace and she is just not into the hug this time around. She doesn’t close her eyes and is seen skeptically staring at something.
Some possible reason’s for Sansa’s cold embrace:
Could she be looking at her husband Tyrion standing in Winterfell?
Could she be a protective sister and analyzing Jon’s new long-haired blonde girlfriend from a faraway place like a suspicious relative in 90 Day Fiancé?
Maybe Sansa isn’t closing her eyes because there’s a Dothraki horde in her hometown?
Maybe Sansa isn’t closing her eyes because there’s a platoon of wildlings in her hometown?
Perhaps Sansa can’t quite focus on her brother’s homecoming because there’s a real live, fire-breathing dragon right in front of her that’s the size of a frickin’ 747?
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Another possible reason for the cold embrace by Sansa is that she might not be so stoked that Jon Snow, The King in the North, is back in Winterfell. After all, Jon named Sansa in charge when he left to go play in the Dragon Pit with zombies and Daenerys.
Quite possibly, the power she has enjoyed in Jon’s absence has corrupted her. Could she have learned a thing or two from her mentor Littlefinger and has a dubious plot to not give up her new power?
Last month, actress Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark dished on what to expect from the final season of Game of Thrones.
“This season is bloodier than ever,” she confesses. “It’s full of betrayal, full of war, full of danger. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.”
Could Sansa betray Jon Snow?
Or could HBO just be fucking with us knowing that this scene has absolutely no spoilers, but we’ll overanalyze it and make it into something when in the end it’s just a stupid hug.
We only have to wait nearly a year until Game of Thrones returns to find out why Sansa isn’t giving Jon a nice hug.
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