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.

Friends Cast Confirms Reunion Special is Coming to HBO Max

David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
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Could we be any more excited? After months of reports that the cast of Friends might be coming together for a reunion of sorts, it looks like it's officially a done deal.

According to Variety, all of the six original actors—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—have signed on for an unscripted special from HBO Max. While previous reports claimed each star would likely earn between $3 and $4 million for their appearances, it's now believed their paychecks will be "at least" $2.5 million apiece.

And to make everything even more real, the beloved actors behind the iconic series are personally confirming the news. All six stars took to Instagram quickly after the news dropped to share their excitement. "It's happening," they captioned the posts.

In a statement, HBO Max's chief content officer Kevin Reilly had this to say of the news:

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together—we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends—and audiences—gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

The Friends reunion does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting this May.

Party Like a Hobbit at Chicago’s Lord of the Rings Pop-Up Bar

Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Replay Lincoln Park

One does not simply walk into Mordor, but one does simply walk into The Lord of the Rings pop-up bar in Chicago—as long as you’re at least 21 years old, of course.

Replay Lincoln Park, known for elaborate themed pop-ups for Game of Thrones, South Park, and other entertainment franchises, has transformed its premises into a magical reproduction of Middle-earth aptly called “The One Pop-Up to Rule Them All,” open now through March 23.

Inside, you’ll be able to crouch under an outcropping of tangled tree roots while one of the dreaded Nazgûl lurks above you, high-five a grimacing Gollum, and snap photos with all your favorite Lord of the Rings characters.

nazgul at the lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Nazgûl like to party, too.
Replay Lincoln Park

You might want to skip elevenses to make sure you have plenty of room for a Hobbit-approved feast during your visit. The menu, catered by Zizi’s Cafe, features items like Fried Po-tay-toes, Lord of the Wings, Beef Lembas, and Pippen’s Popcorn.

ent replica at chicago's replay lincoln park pop-up bar
Say hello to a friendly Ent while you munch on "Pippen's Popcorn."
Replay Lincoln Park

According to Thrillist, there will be three different counters in the bar, each with its own specialty drinks. Head to The Prancing Pony for a second breakfast shot (maple whiskey, bacon, and orange juice), or take a trip to Minas Tirith to toss back a palantir shot, made of silver tequila and passion fruit purée. If you’re in the mood for a little dark magic, you can trek over to Mordor and try a “my precious” shot, a fusion of dark rum, orange liquor, and Cajun seasoning.

lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Eye of Sauron is watching you order another round of Mordor shots.
Replay Lincoln Park

For those of you who are happy to accompany your Tolkien-obsessed friends to the pop-up but aren’t exactly tickled at the sight of a moss-covered Ent replica yourselves, take heart in this added bonus: Replay Lincoln Park also boasts more than 60 free arcade games and pinball machines.

[h/t Thrillist]

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