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An analysis of the latest Game of Thrones season 8 photos

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Game of Thrones will be upon us soon – in around two weeks from now. The cravings won’t stop until April 14 yet hype train must be on the track. This is why new promotional photos from the new season of Game of Thrones were dropped recently.

But, if you are a nerd like me who is overly obsessed with Game of Thrones even some easter eggs and clues for the new season can be found in these mere promo photos. So, in this post, we will discuss and analyse the new promotional photos from Game of Thrones. Let’s dive in.

#1. Courtyard of Winterfell

The first thing that comes to mind thinking about the new season – especially the opening scene – is that it will be reminiscent of Robert Baratheon’s arrival to Winterfell in Season 1. We watch as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen make their way to Winterfell via Winter Town, surrounded by Unsullied and Dothraki. While this might have been already teased in the official trailer, some new promo photos provide more validity and answer to our many queries.

Starting off with Jon and Daenerys, they are on horsebacks as were seen in the official trailer.

Next, we move on to Jorah Mormont who was earlier seen in a tease by HBO escorting Dany to meet Sansa Stark and others. He is in the same attire as in the tease – some dark furs over his Mormont armour. Can we still figure out when or how he gets a new Valyrian Steel sword from Sam? But, his meeting with Sam is an obvious thing.

Lastly, in the Winterfell courtyard, we can see Sansa Stark who is ready to welcome Jon and Dany but there’re some interesting details in the background here.

Along with Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne standing in the background, to the left of Sansa, you can see Bran Stark on his wheelchair and behind him is Maester Volkan in his black robe. This answers many questions especially for those who had been wondering where were the rest of the Stark. And, here’s the full image of Bran Stark on his wheelchair in the courtyard, most probably looking at the Dragons:

And, where’s Arya whom we saw staring at Daenerys, her armies and her dragons in awe? She’s probably standing to the right of Sansa or maybe still in Wintertown.

There’s an image of Brienne of Tarth again in Winterfell courtyard yet this seems to be from a different scene from episode 1 or an early episode as her cloak is gone from this photo.

#2. Cersei Lannister at King’s Landing

Nothing much to see here except Cersei Lannister standing at King’s Landing docks with her Queen’s Guard and Mountain waiting for someone to arrive. I’m sure she is waiting for Euron Greyjoy’s fleet as he brings Golden Company and Harry Strickland to meet her.

The still seems to match with that of the official trailer where stood at King’s Landing docks with Qyburn. Yet, nothing much of Cersei in these promo photos!

#3. Winterfell Interiors / Great Hall of Winterfell

Dany and Jorah stand inside Winterfell Fortress. Two things to note here: one being Jorah and his Khaleesi’s same attires as the arrival/opening scene. This means that this will be one of the early scenes from episode 1. And, two the background – books, scrolls, and candles which means they are either they are inside Bran’s room or Sam’s room. (Jaw Drop!) Did Dany just come to Sam’s room to apologise to him for the barbeques she made of his father and brother? Numerous guesses and bets to be placed here.

Dany again, this time in the Great Hall of Winterfell as she speaks to Lords of the North – trying to convince them that she’s here to help. This is what I think might be happening in this scene.

Sansa – this time sitting among the Lords of Winterfell and enjoying some cuisine. Maybe this is a scene from a feast at Winterfell or as she’s sitting with Jon, Dany and others at the dinner table, which might be a callback to the first episode of season 1.

Next is Tyrion at the same location but the amount of light and brightness in this still makes me think this is him talking to someone important like Varys or Sansa in an earlier scene.

Well, there’s another still of Brienne. She seems to be quietly listening to some serious conversation going down at Winterfell.

Up next, Daenerys Targaryen again as she stands in one of the earlier scenes where she’s either talking to Lords of the North or maybe only Sansa, Jon and others.

And, the last image of Dany is her sharing a smile with someone like Jon or Tyrion, sitting over the dinner table. This makes me believe we are up for both – Dany’s formal meeting with the Northern lords and then, a feast with the Starks.

This brings us to the final two images which feel like kind of connected or maybe it’s just my mere wishful thinking. First one is of Bran Stark who’s in his room sitting near the fireplace and looking at someone like Jon or Sam.

Some vibes of him revealing some unknown facts to Jon too seems to fit perfectly with the kind of expressions on Bran’s face. And, in the next image Jon too seems a bit off mood, maybe because of the same reason.

Whatever be the scenario, Jon doesn’t seem to be much glad here especially if it’s him realising he had some nice time with his aunt on the way back to Winterfell. Anyways, the new season will unfold these facts and the days to April 14 seem to be on the horizon.

What do you think? What were your most weird thoughts upon seeing these new promo photos? Tell us in the comments below.







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7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.

 

1. We have a Dragon in the trailer

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.

 

2. Blackfyre

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen.  Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.

 

3. Dark Sister

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.

 

4. Catspaw dagger

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer.  The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.

 

5. Tourney at Horn Hill

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.

One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.

We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

 

6. Stark sigil

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.

 

7. New Iron Throne

HBO releases House of the Dragon teaser trailer

It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.

As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.

According to George R. R. Martin, this is the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne

 

What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.

You can also join our newly created Telegram group to talk about the show/books and interact with other fans.

 







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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.

Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”

This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.

What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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