Winter is apparently coming — again.
“Game of Thrones” fans have new hope that the beloved series is remaking its much-maligned ending, thanks to a cryptic tweet by the HBO show’s official Twitter account on Wednesday.
“Winter is coming,” the show announced to its 8 million followers Wednesday afternoon, borrowing an oft-memed phrase from the drama. By Thursday morning, the post had racked up nearly 170,000 likes and plenty of excited interpretations of the message.
Many are hopeful the brief tweet is teasing an alternative finale, as the existing one famously didn’t live up to many viewers’ expectations.
“Fix season 8. You could probably do it in three episodes,” tweeted author John Hornor Jacobs.
But first, some are demanding a formal apology.
“if HBO wants me to watch a Game Of Thrones spin off I want a personal apology for season 8. 12 pt font, double spaced, no funny business on the margins,” wrote New York Times national politics reporter Astead W. Herndon.
Others believe the show is beyond redemption.
“Winter has GONE. YOU BLEW IT,” wrote one fan unable to give the show’s writers a second chance.
Some are hopeful the tweet can, somehow, turn back time.
“Between us I’m ALL IN on us pretending it’s early 2019, season 8 hasn’t happened yet, and doing the damn thing fresh. Our secret!” tweeted Sam Riggs Bozoian of Barstool Sports.
In other recent “Game of Thrones” news, the TV series is also reportedly getting — in addition to several spinoff shows in the works at HBO — the Broadway treatment. The play will be a prequel story set 16 years before of the events in the series.
Meanwhile, in the retail world, Fabergé has announced that it will be selling a “Game of Thrones” dragon egg worth $2.2 million. The pricey “one-of-a-kind bespoke creation” will be replete with diamonds, rubies, 18-karat white gold and fine enameling that marries Fabergé’s “superior craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity with one of the 21 century’s most iconic TV series,” according to the website.