Seriously… think about it. Do we even need a Game of Thrones trailer?
There’s only one answer to this question and that answer is no. Now, I know that this won’t be a popular opinion buuuuuut that doesn’t stop it from being correct. Yes, I’m serious. We don’t need a trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones and I think it’s imperative that we don’t get one.
Here’s the thing, trailers are used to hype up properties; to garner interest or increase it. They’re often times the most fun part of my week. Just look through the I Am Geek archives and see how many times I’ve broken down a trailer either in its own column or through the Week In Geek or something similar. That’s what we do. We get these trailers and then proceed to obsess over and analyze them till our eyes bleed. It happens all the time.
I’ve said this on the I Am Geek Podcast, but some of my enjoyment of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was diminished because I had watched the trailers for that movie over and over and over again. In my head, I had pieced together a chronological order of events of a movie I had yet to see. Once the movie started I was anticipating and moving scenes I had seen through the trailers around to fit the narrative that was unfolding in front of me. It was a bummer of a thing to do. My trailer obsession had kind of limited my enjoyment of the film, and it’s only been within the last six months that I’ve really grown to appreciate Vol. 2 for the awesome film that it is. And it is quite awesome, I just wish my AppleTv wouldn’t reset every time I try to play it. A problem for another day.
HBO has handled the marketing for the final Thrones season damn near perfectly. Each of the handfuls of trailers that we’ve received has given us absolutely nothing… up until the ten seconds that debuted during the Golden Globes but I’ll get to that. All we’ve gotten are shots of the Iron Throne and shots of characters faces with hashtags thrown in the midst. That’s exactly what we need. Capture the tone. Capture the urgency. But don’t show us anything.
When push comes to shove, any glimpse of action that we get is going to be insanely analyzed. I’ve already started doing it based on the ten seconds we got at the Golden Globes, and I’ve only watched the clip like four times. Maybe five. I hate that HBO gave away that scene for free during a trailer that wasn’t even specifically made for Game of Thrones. The Mother of Dragons is in Winterfell. In. Winterfell. That’s a massive event. And I’ve already seen it out of context. I’ve already speculated that she and Jon are very comfortable with their relationship at this point. I’m not entirely sure if I trust Sansa with her tone. Where is Tyrion? Where are the dragons? Where is Arya?! Why the eff would you show this to me HBO?!
The final season of Game of Thrones is an event. A spectacle, much like Avengers Endgame, and I don’t want either even remotely spoiled. I don’t want to see footage and start to piece things together. I’m even at the point where I don’t want previews at the end of the episode. Don’t give me anything. There are only six episodes. Six. The moments that are going to unfold on screen are too precious. Are too important to be teased. And since I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never read the end of this series, thanks George, I want to go into these final six episodes as blind as possible. For maximum appreciation and enjoyment.
What do you think Geeklings? Do you agree with me or do you need that Game of Thrones trailer? Sound off in the comments or throw me a line on Twitter @iamgeek32. I stand by my stance… even though I know if a trailer drops I’m going to be the first person to watch it. Over and over again.