HBO has released the first official teaser for Game of Thrones Season 8. The cast and crew have been extremely tight-lipped about the upcoming final season, and it wasn't until recently that the network confirmed that the series was going to premiere in April of 2019. For a while, hardcore fans were worried that Season 8 wouldn't premiere until late May or early June, but that is not the case. While very exciting, the teaser does not reveal the official release date.

The Game of Thrones Season 8 teaser also does not feature any footage from the final season. Instead, it shows off just how bad things are looking for everybody as ice and fire engulf Westeros. As the ice and fire meet, the image becomes distorted and the official logo pops up on the screen. Even without any actual footage, the teaser does exactly what it's supposed to do, and as of this writing, it has been viewed nearly a million times in less than two hours.

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss appeared alongside Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) at Brazil Comic-Con today, where they unveiled the Season 8 teaser to an enthusiastic live audience. The teaser follows the very brief 3 seconds of footage that was first revealed in an HBO promo a few months back. The wait is nearly over and hardcore fans are preparing by going back to watch the previous 7 seasons in their entirety to prepare for the end. Game of Thrones Season 8 will more than likely end up being the biggest season of the show's history.

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Kit Harington recently revealed that he burst into tears when they wrapped filming for the final time. The actor also admitted that he did not read the scripts for the final six episodes until he arrived at the table reads with the rest of the cast. Harington wanted to experience everything for the first time and the last time as a group. The cast and crew had been working with each other for nearly ten years by the time of their last table reads and they had become a tight-knit family as a result.

The cast and crew have, for the most part, already said their goodbyes, which means that it's time for the fans to prepare for the same thing. While Game of Thrones Season 8 will only feature six episodes, they will all be longer than a standard episode, giving fans the sendoff that they deserve. But, that doesn't mean that things are going to end in the way that everybody wants. There will be blood, there will be tears, and there will be death. In other words, it will be pretty similar to the past installments, except it won't be coming back. You can watch the Season 8 teaser below, thanks to the Game of Thrones Twitter account.