‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 spoilers in the first teaser trailer [WATCH]

Season 8 of “Game of Thrones” will pack a lot of story into just six episodes. HBO released the first look at the upcoming installment of this Emmy-winning drama series over the weekend. From the looks of the teaser video, which you can watch above, the action picks up right where Season 7 ended. Most of the major characters had gathered in King’s Landing while the Night King had broken through The Wall atop his ice dragon.

While HBO didn’t give a date for the airing of these six episodes of this epic series based on the George R.R. Martin novels, we expect it to debut in May of next year. That is just in time for the show be eligible at the 2019 Emmy Awards. And six is the minimum number of episodes needed to compete in the drama series race at the Emmy Awards.

“Game of Thrones” claimed this top Emmy in both 2015 and 2016. Both of those Emmy-winning seasons (5 and 6) had 10 episodes as did the first four. The most recent, season 7, had a lucky seven episodes and is a strong contender at the upcoming Emmys.

“Game of Thrones” holds the Emmy record for the most wins overall, with a whopping 38 and counting. It reaped a leading 22 bids this year and could well win Best Drama Series over reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which has 20 nominations in total. Only one other show has won Best Drama Series for its seventh season: “Law & Order” in 1997.

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