Updated January 8, 2019, 11:12
It can hardly be shorter – but a first scene for the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones" leaves a deep impression and invites speculation.
Broadcasting of major sporting events or celebrity galas on TV is always a celebration for the advertising industry, which has traditionally been particularly important during breaks.
For example, HBO spent the commercial break at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards to show viewers the highlights of next year's program.
The fact that the clip is launched with an excerpt from the "Game of Thrones" shows the pristine brilliance of the imagination. Because HBO has quite a few other great series for 2019 in stock. But more on that later.
First we see Night King riding on the poor zombie-wise Vision. Season seven ended, and therefore this picture is hardly surprising.
Duel of strong women
It gets more exciting in the "right" scene. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is first seen inside the walls of Winterfell; accompanied by her faithful advisor Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). You meet Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). The tension between the two women is almost tangible in this short scene.
From Sansas mouth is the supposedly friendly invitation "Winterfell is yours, your grace!" ("Winterfell belongs to you, your grace."). But we remember: In the first episode, these very words were once spoken by Ned Stark (Sean Bean) to his old friend Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) – and for a short time the immediate events took their course.
You don't need to be an expert in non-verbal communication to realize that this is not a polite invitation to a fine gathering at Winterfell.
Instead of open and friendly, Sansa simply looks annoyed. She must bow to the current situation – which doesn't mean she's happy with it, nor does she want to put it in the status quo.
How will Jon Snow decide?
Also in view of Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) all sorts of things can be interpreted. She looks displeased at Sansa. Does she know of a secret plan she doesn't approve of? Or does she look so angry because she wasn't (yet) initiated?
Another puzzle is given by Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). He faces Dany's side, opposite his half-sister. It can only be assumed that he has not yet been initiated by Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) or Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) in his true identity, and he is only because of the romantic feelings of the Dragon Queen. If he already knew about the family ties, the scene would probably mean he finally chose a site.
Anyway – we'll have to wait until April – and hope for further mini-cuts until then.
"Watchmen" among the highlights of the coming year
Luckily, serial specialist HBO also gives us all sorts of new material for pleasant or exciting evenings except for the "Game of Thrones" in front of the screen. So we can look forward to the second season of "Big Little Lies"; "Veep" goes into the last round – and the prospect of the production version of "Watchmen" should be especially impatient comic fans.
However, there is not yet a start date – unlike this highlight: The third season of the successful True Detective series with Mahershala Ali will be on Netflix January 14th. (Dh)
"Game of Thrones" is undoubtedly the largest series of all time. And also at Emmys 2018, Fantasyserie belonged to the big winners. The more annoying of some actor who had lost one of the coveted roles in the past.