Game of Thrones Season 8: Will the Battle of Winterfell End in Disaster?

HBO has released another batch of teasers for Game of Thrones Season 8. As with several past teasers, the goal is clearly less to showcase actual footage from the show’s final season and more to set the tone for things to come. And once again, things are looking pretty bleak for Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the other defenders of Westeros.

This particular teaser takes us on a tour of an eerily quiet and empty Winterfell. The ancestral home of the Stark family is covered in snow and littered with discarded personal effects. Our takeaway from this footage is that the much-hyped Battle of Winterfell is going to go very poorly for our heroes. Here’s why we think Dany, Jon and the rest will suffer a major defeat before triumphing over the White Walkers.

From there, we’re assuming the final battle will take place farther south, in King’s Landing or possibly Dragonstone. We expect this will be where our heroes finally triumph, but only after the survivors of the Battle of Winterfell retreat and spread the word of the danger pouring into Westeros. In short, expect things to get a lot worse before they get better in the final season.

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