The fateful day is almost upon us, my friends. April 14 is less than a week away. It seems like just yesterday that we were grasping at straws to get us through the dark winter. Now we have the final trailers, the home stretch of nonsensical product tie-ins, the wistful remembrance of where we’ve come from and where we’ll go. In this final edition of GAME OF THRONES news, we’ll talk about past, present, and future for GoT — and a whole lot of fast food.

Just a Tease

HBO gave us one last little nugget to tide us over to Sunday in the form of two new teasers. They don’t feature much new footage, but they do tease (as they are appropriately named) some big moments. One, titled “Survival,” shows a glimpse of Jon and Arya’s reunion. The two haven’t been in a scene together since season one when they were baby-faced and innocent youngins. Now they meet at the weirwood, looking tired and traumatized far beyond their years.

The second teaser, “Together,” also uses much of the same footage we’ve already seen, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pouring over a minute detail to try to predict the future. (The following description arguably contains spoilers.) We see a brief moment of Daenerys in front of a fireplace — specifically, the fireplace we’ve seen before at Dragonstone. But we know that Daenerys and Jon were on their way to Winterfell at the end of season seven and presumably start the new season there in preparation for the fabled Battle of Winterfell. So Daenerys’s presence at Dragonstone must come later in the season — indicating that she survives said battle. Of course, there are plenty of other possible explanations here, so it’s not necessarily a spoiler per se, but it is certainly suspicious…

The Inescapable GAME OF THRONES

Every time I think we can’t get any more GAME OF THRONES tie-ins, I am proven wrong. It has become almost literally impossible to avoid GoT in every walk of life. This week is apparently Foodstuffs Week in the GAME OF THRONES marketing campaign. To advertise their special edition cookies, Oreo recreated the famous credit sequence entirely out of Oreos. The brand partnered with the creators of the actual sequence to make a version using 2,750 Oreos.

If you need something to wash down all those cookies with, Mountain Dew has you covered. The limited edition cans of Mountain Dew seem to be blank, but when chilled they reveal the names on Arya’s kill list. And in equally dramatic fashion, there are only two ways to get your hands on these special cans: Twitter sweepstakes using the hashtag #ACanHasNoName and scavenger hunts in NYC and LA involving a “master of coin” and an “Iron Vending Machine” that dispenses the special soda. It’s a surprisingly sophisticated and savvy ploy for a beverage that is most commonly associated with Taco Bell parking lots.

Courtesy of Mountain Dew.

If it’s high-class fast food you’re looking for, Shake Shack has you covered, too. Well, one Shake Shack does. The original location in Madison Square Park in NYC will offer a Dragonglass Shake and a Dracarys Burger for the adventurous eater. It’s unclear what the actual flavors of these items are, since the official descriptions include phrases like “herbs and spices sourced from the conquered cities of Yunhai, Meeren and Astapor,” which is certainly dedication. The secrecy is appropriate, though, since the thematic meal is only available to fans willing to order in Valyrian. Shake Shack will help out, though, with infographics to master the old tongue. Jaelan Drakaro Parkliapos, please!

Go Behind the Scenes

With last season soon approaching, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a minute to be grateful for all the brilliant minds behind GAME OF THRONES. There are thousands of moving parts that have to come together for a TV show to work and with a scale like GoT’s, it’s nearly a miracle that it works as well as it does. Luckily for us, some of the folks behind-the-scenes have been sharing their experiences leading up to the end. And if that isn’t enough for your curiosity, HBO also announced an official behind-the-scenes documentary. “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” will air May 26, the week after the series finale, and “delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life.”

The Hidden Figures of GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES is so immersive that it’s easy to forget that none of it’s real. That’s especially true of the show’s fictional languages. We have David J. Peterson to thank for that. The linguist created the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages for the screen adaptation of the books. Peterson spoke with BuzzFeed about how you, too, can learn Valryian right from your phone. If you ever wondered who was behind the behind-the-scenes, then meet Helen Sloan. She’s been the principal unit photographer for GAME OF THRONES since day one. Even in the midst of the Battle of the Bastards, Sloan braved the elements to bring us some epic shots. She shared her secrets and favorite moments with Vulture in anticipation of her “The Photography of Game of Thrones” book.

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One of Helen Sloan’s stunning images. Courtesy of HBO.

Far more noticeable is GAME OF THRONES’ iconic music. Enter Ramin Djawadi, GoT’s composer. Djawadi has become a fandom rockstar over the last eight years, leading a world tour. Djawadi spilled the beans to The Ringer, giving us laypeople an inside look at how a composer turns a book into a symphony. Anyone who’s been to a Halloween party for the last eight years knows that the costumes on GAME OF THRONES have reached their own cult status. From Jon’s Ikea-rug cloak (an urban legend, apparently) to Cersei’s armored gowns, Michele Clapton has crafted characters through their wardrobes. She broke down nine of her legendary looks for Entertainment Weekly.

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Clapton’s vision for Cersei’s corset-meets-suit-of-armor. Courtesy of HBO.

And that is all she wrote, my friends. It’s been a pleasure sharing the ups and downs of GAME OF THRONES news with you, but we have bigger fish to fry now. But I’ll be with you all in spirit on April 14!

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