HBO once again dropped a season teaser that a huge segment of its audience only mined for the footage from Game of Thrones Season 8.
Admittedly, the editors in the premium cable channel’s trailer shop chose some choice scenes-most notably, Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) apparently awed yet fearless reaction upon seeing dragons for the first time.
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It’s probably overanalyzing, but that dragon-Arya connection is significant to fans who have paid close attention to the show throughout its run.
Esquire noted this and pointed out that Arya has always been into dragons:
If you’ll notice, everyone in the background is running scared, while Arya seems enthralled. That’s because she’s long had a fascination with dragons. In one memorable scene from Season Two, Arya talks with Tywin Lannister when she reveals her respect for the ancient female Targaryen dragon riders.
“Visenya Tagaryen was a great warrior,” Arya says in the scene. “She had a Valyrian steel sword she called Dark Sister.”
Watch that scene below.
Not only does this underscore the character’s interesting arc as a born noblewoman who wanted to be a warrior, instead-becoming an effective assassin in the process-it could predict the tenor of her feelings about the possibility of Daenerys Targaryen rocketing in on the back of one of her scaly children like a badass. Arya Stark would be into it.
Given the interesting relationship between Daenerys and Jon Snow, we may have a hint of where Arya’s loyalties will be when Season 8 hits the small screen on April 14.