Game of Thrones Season 8 Preview: WTF Is Up With Arya?

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Like many TV aficionados, you may have tried to wash away the bad taste of a Green Book victory at the Oscars by checking in with another project that had Mahershala Ali partnering up with an ornery white guy.

We're talking, of course, about True Detective, which wrapped it's predictably dour, curiously overstuffed third season on Sunday night.

Mahershala Ali

But before a bunch of mustachioed guys could grumble about the real killer and what it all means, man, HBO presented one of its "here's why you continue to pay 15 bucks a month" trailer montages.

The segment filled viewers in on what's to come in the months ahead -- the long-awaited Deadwood movie, the return of Big Little Lies, new seasons of Barry, Veep, and Succession ...

Oh, and the final episodes of that show with the Wall and the crumbling society intent on ignoring growing threats to its very existence.

No, CNN's not canceling Anderson Cooper.

We're talking about Game of Thrones, the final episodes of which are set to begin airing on April 14.

Now, at this point, pretty much everyone's got their theories about the ending of Game of Thrones, but that's not stopping HBO and the show's producers from playing it close to the vest.

Arya Stark

The new teaser gives away next to nothing -- but that's not stopping fans from dissecting this latest morsel in search of hidden meaning.

We're given little more than a shot of some soaring dragons, followed by a close-up of Arya smiling at ... something.

The way the trailer is cut, it appears that she's smiling up at the dragons, but that could be misleading.

Winter Comes to Winterfell

Of course, it would make sense that Arya would be pleased by a fire-breathing symbol of the Khaleesi-Jon Snow alliance, and it's opposition to Cersei and the rest of the baddies from King's Landing.

And it's worth noting that Arya's journey has been more abstract than those of the other main characters.

In other words, homegirl has seen some sh-t, and she's closely acquainted with the dark side of Westeros.

Arya on the Move

So maybe her optimistic reaction is a sign that the dragons are being deployed to address the growing White Walker issue.

Or maybe we're just reading way too much into three seconds of footage and a semi-smile.

Whatever the case, you can be sure we'll be front and center when our questions finally start getting answered on April 14!

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