The First Official Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Has Arrived

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HBO

HBO just loves to keep teasing us with what they know we so desperately want.

It's been confirmed that Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in April 2019. And though there will only be six episodes, each one is set to be over one hour long, and will hopefully answer all of our burning questions.

Although a trailer has not been released today, and this actually shows no footage of the beloved show whatsoever, the first official Game of Thrones Season 8 teaser is out, and it's still enough to get us hyped.

The teaser, which debuted at Brazil Comic Con in São Paulo, shows the Painted Table at Dragonstone catching fire, symbolizing fire and ice. The 54-second clip ends with the Game of Thrones logo, followed by what we already know: "The Final Season April 2019."

This, we suppose, is one step closer to an actual trailer, as the previous Game of Thrones teaser included only footage from previous seasons, along with the announcement of when Season 8 would premiere. We'll take whatever progress we can get at this point.

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]