HBO has just released another promotional image for season 8 of Game of Thrones, and of course Reddit has already developed some fan theories for what it all means. There are potential spoilers below, so be warned.
The poster shows a mound of snow-covered bodies in the shape of the Iron Throne. Pretty much all the main characters are present, but it’s undecided whether Bronn and Gendry are there or not. A Redditor has helpfully numbered and labelled characters here.
As for the meaning, there are a few ideas. One user suggests the left side of the throne, which includes Jon, Arya, Jaime, Melisandre, Sam, and the Hound, are the survivors, whereas the right side, including Daenerys, Bran, Sansa, the Night King, Cersei, Pod, and Varys, all die. As another commenter points out, there is a common theory that Sam survives and ends up recording the events of the Great War, so that he’s pictured on the left could back this idea up.
Jon and Daenerys are separated by an unidentified body with a Stark banner draped over it. Tyrion is under Jon, whereas Bran is under Daenerys. Does this mean the two rulers go their separate ways? And does Tyrion betray Dany for Jon? One commenter even suggests Bran could warg as a dragon. In the books, Bran was told “You will never walk again but you will fly,” so it’s certainly a possibility.
There are plenty of other things to pick out of the poster, including Bran (possibly) being the only one with his eyes open, Varys in shackles, and Melisandre with a giant sword, which could symbolize Lightbringer, the sword of Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised.
That being said, Game of Thrones posters have been misleading before. The season 6 poster showed all the main characters in the Hall of Faces, which did not actually happen in the show.
The final season of Game of Thrones airs April 14.