Epic 'Game of Thrones' season 8 trailer confirms that one of the show's most popular characters is alive

Epic 'Game of Thrones' season 8 trailer confirms that one of the show's most popular characters is alive

As the days draw ever nearer to the final season of Game of Thrones, fans of the series are practically biting their fingernails down to the bone in anticipation. This is it. The last hurrah. Eight years of pretty much the best TV show of all time is about to be over - and the trailer for it has just dropped.

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There's obviously a lot to unpack here: Daenerys and Jon have gone full power couple and are leading an army together, Arya seems to be taking a very important role in taking down a particular bad guy, and Cersei - for once - looks like she might be feeling a little afraid.

But fans of the show weren't just looking out for hints about where the plot might lead in the upcoming season; they were also keeping their eyes peeled for characters we perhaps weren't expecting to see. And there was one figure who stood out more than any other: Tormund Giantsbane.

game of thrones trailer tormund Credit: HBO

If you cast your minds back to the end of the seventh season, you'll remember that the last we saw of our red-bearded buddy was him running away from a giant undead dragon. Needless to say, his odds of survival didn't seem all that high. However, now that we know he made it out of that situation, at least, there are hopes that he'll go on to fight some more throughout the season - and perhaps even woo the fair lady Brienne of Tarth at the end of it.

Oh, and Twitter seems pretty excited about it.

Unfortunately, the millisecond of footage we have of him doesn't really give away any clues about how long he'll be sticking around for series eight. If anyone can pull through and survive the endless battles, though, it has to be Tormund. Who knows, at this rate, he might even end up on the throne.