The last couple of months were a blast for all Game of Thrones fans that have been craving for the new season for more than a year. HBO with its so-called ‘generosity’ has been doing a great fan service at the end of this year.
First three-second-long footage from the new season in its teaser, then the first image on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s latest edition along with a cover story that reveals an exclusive detail from the first episode, and the official month of release via its #ForTheThrone Campaign. Lately, we got the first teaser ‘Dragonstone’ too!
A question still remains unanswered: where are the first trailer and the official airing date? But, I – like other Game of Thrones diehard fans, do have a feeling that it’s close and most probably in this holiday season itself especially with the latest teaser. Let’s explore the possibilities.
The Airing Schedules of the last Seven Seasons
Game of Thrones began back in 2011 on April 17 preparing us for the most epic fantasy series in the history of television with the episode ‘Winter is Coming’.
And, here’s a list of the air schedules of the last seven seasons in a nutshell:
- Season 1 first aired in 2011 with its trailer dropping in March 2011 and the season airing and concluding on April 17 and June 19 respectively.
- Season 2 aired in 2012 on April 1 and concluded on June 3 with the trailer dropping in April
- The trailer for Season 3 dropped on March 3, 2013, and the season aired on March 31 and concluded on June 9, 2013.
- The trailer of Season 4 dropped on January 12, 2014, with the episodes airing on April 6 and concluding on June 15.
- The fifth season aired on April 12, while its trailers dropped in January and March 2015.
- The sixth season which aired on April 24, 2016, had a different marketing strategy with three banners teasers, a hall of faces teaser, a teaser that featured 3-Eyed-Raven ‘s dialogue ‘The past is already written, the ink is dry.’ And finally a couple of trailers were dropped too.
Did the Seventh Season hint at something?
The Seventh Season aired in 2017 on July 16 with the first ‘in-production’ tease dropping in, a month after the Sixth Season aired i.e. in July 2016. Next, an ice block was melt to reveal the airing date of the first episode of the season ’07.16.17’ along with a Sigils Teaser in the first week of March revealing the same with dialogue from Jon Snow, “There’s only war that matters…the Great War. And, it is here.” Next-in-line was the Long Walk Teaser released in the last week of March 2017 but was later taken down to release the first official trailer in May 2017. Lastly, the second official trailer ‘Winter Is Here’ was dropped in the second week of June 2017.
We can see a pattern here: March 2017 > May 2017 > June 2017 and finally, the season aired on July 16 – which is a four-month gap between the first teaser and the first episode. The same pattern was also followed by HBO for Season 6 as well. Does this mean if the eighth season airs in April 2019, are we up for the first official trailer by the end of December or the first week of January?
Entertainment Weekly’s recent podcast
In Entertainment Weekly’s recent podcast, we got a discussion over the new season withJames HibberdandDarren Franich. Hibbert theorized that a new Game of Thrones trailer might be coming sooner than we expect. He had also discussed this previously in his interview published with Deadwood producer Carolyn Strauss who’s not only producing Deadwood but also the new season of Game of Thrones. Carolyn said in the interview:
“The new season is looking fantastic. It’s really kind of staggering in its accomplishment — and we still have a lot of work to do on those as well.”
On the possibility of the new trailer coming soon, Carolyn added:
“I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long.”
Finally, everything #ForTheThrone:
The recent #ForTheThroneCampaign of HBO hints at many things – one of them being a big revisit throughout the last seven seasons of the series and asking fans to binge-watch them quickly. Secondly, it also hints at something big to be revealed when this campaign finally ends. Every day we see a new update from the official Twitter handles of HBO and Game of Thrones and recently, they’ve started promoting the first season, asking the fans their favourite quote from the season. Moreover, this campaign is also being promoted by TV host Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth, T-Pen, and Aaron Rodgers.
Also, a couple of days ago, Game of Thrones also dropped a behind-the-scenes promo starring Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow). These cast members promoted the campaign, asking fans to binge-watch the series.
— HBO (@HBO) December 19, 2018
So, when do you think the first official trailer of Game of Thrones will drop with actual footages and the airing date? For me, it’s somewhere between December last week and the second week of January. Share your thoughts in the comments and subscribe to our YouTube channel.