5 Takeaways From the New Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones fans can take a breather because the official trailer for the epic HBO series' eighth—and final—season has finally arrived, and it appears to be chock-full of spoilers. To help you sort through it all, we've compiled a list of the trailer's most prominent teases and hints about what we might be able to expect to when the new season makes its debut next month. Let the fan theories fly!

1. Jaime Lannister is fighting for the North.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in 'Game of Thrones'
Helen Sloan, HBO

In the trailer we see Jaime Lannister fighting in some fiery battle, and saying, "I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise." Could this be the scene where he's telling his sister/lover Cersei that he's joining the North in their fight against the White Walkers?

2. Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark are back together.

One of the most endearing friendships in the show is between Sam and Bran, and according to the trailer they reunite in a quick scene. Bran says to Sam, "Everything you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home."

3. Dragons are flying North of the wall.

The trailer also features many scenes of Daenerys's dragons flying through the air—and from the look on Arya's face as she witnesses them from the ground, it looks like they could be coming to everyone's rescue. The dragons going past the wall means that they are taking the fight to the White Walkers.

4. Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion are alive.

Good news: Wildling Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Lord of Blackhaven Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) are alive, as they're shown in a quick scene where they are walking down a dark corridor. The last time we saw these two, they were trapped on top of the remaining part of the Wall after the Night King destroyed it with Viserion.

5. Arya Stark is running away from something in Winterfell.

Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

The first scenes we see are of Arya looking scared out of her mind and running around the halls of Winterfell with blood dripping down her face. What is she running from? Has the battle made its way into her family's castle?

Among other tidbits in the trailer we see are a teary-eyed Cersei, a comfortable looking Daenerys and Jon, and of course the beginnings of an epic final battle.

Game of Thrones premieres on April 14, 2019.

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
NBC

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One


Round Two


Round Three


The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.

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