In the latest teaser/trailer for season 8 we see a feather which is being held in Lyanna's statue's hands which falls to the floor as Jon walks past it.

Jon walks past Lyanna's statue holding a feather

Feather on the crypt floor with Jon walking away in the background

Jon does turn to look behind him when the feather hits the floor as well.

We then see the feather being the first thing to start to freeze as the cold, and possibly the White Walkers, approach.

Feather on the crypt floor starting to freeze over

That is the last we see of it, however, a lot of focus is put on this feather. So, where did it come from and considering its focus in the trailer is there any significance to it?

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    Where does the feather come from? I'm going to go out on a very long, very delicate limb and say “a bird”. Jan 14, 2019 at 14:45
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    @PaulD.Waite - You're probably one of those people who thinks it's a horse when he hears a hooved animal approaching, instead of a zebra.
    – RDFozz
    Jan 14, 2019 at 16:51
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    @RDFozz: I am! Here in the UK, that approach usually works well. Jan 14, 2019 at 17:46
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    I bet you don't visit zoos, you monster ;) Jan 15, 2019 at 10:09
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    @tchrist: it would help to know the airspeed velocity of various unladed flying animals in Westeros. Jan 15, 2019 at 12:34

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Robert Baratheon put it there

Back in the very first episode, "Winter is Coming", Robert asks Ned to take him to see Lyanna. When down in the crypts he puts a feather in the hands of Lyanna's statue and this appears to be the same one.

Robert places the feather in Lyanna's statue's hands

You can see it in this scene:

The annotated script on Genius also makes note of it.

[Scene changes to the Winterfell crypt, at Lyanna’s tomb. Robert places a feather in the hand of her statue.]

ROBERT: Did you have to bury her in a place like this? She should be on a hill somewhere with the sun and the clouds above her.

NED: She was my sister. This is where she belongs.

Game of Thrones, Season 1 Episode 1, "Winter is Coming"

It's also worth noting that back in Season 5 Episode 4, "Sons of the Harpy", we see Sansa pick the feather up and dust it off. I don't think we see her put it back on the statue though but we can infer that she did. The scene can be seen here:

As for its significance, well it appears as though it is hinting at Jon's true parentage and is also symbolism for Robert's doomed love for Lyanna. First off Jon knocks the feather off the statue as he is the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar which broke Robert and at the same time a voice over of says:

Lyanna: You have to protect him.

Game of Thrones, Season 8 teaser/trailer

This echoes what Lyanna says to Ned when she hands over the baby Jon in the flashback scene at the Tower of Joy.

The feather then freezes over which further references the Robert's doomed love but could also be a reference to the tourney at Harrenhal, which Petyr and Sansa discuss in the before mentioned scene. Here they tell of the "crown of winter roses in Lyanna's lap, blue with frost" that Rhaegar lay in Lyanna's lap.

BAELISH: I saw her once. I was a boy, living with your mother's family. Lord Whent had a great tourney at Harrenhal. Everyone was there. The Mad King, your father, Robert Baratheon. And Lyanna, she was already promised to Robert. You can imagine what it was like for me, a boy from nowhere, with nothing to his name, watching these legendary men, tilting at the lists. The last two riders were Barristan Selmy and Rhaegar Targaryen. When Rhaegar won, everyone cheered for the prince. I remember the girls laughing when he took off his helmet and they saw that silver hair. How handsome he was. Until he rode right past his wife, Elia Martell, and all the smiles died. I've never seen so many people so quiet. He rode past his wife, and he lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna's lap. Blue as frost. How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt?

SANSA: Yes, he chose her… and then he kidnapped her and raped her.

Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 4, "Sons of the Harpy"

Note that I've seen reference to Robert having given Lyanna feathers as a symbol of his love before riding off for the Rebellion but this appears to be untrue as I can find no canon reference to this myself.

As Jon walks by, a feather falls from the statue. This is the feather that King Robert put there in the Season 1 pilot, when he visited the crypts during his stay in Winterfell. Robert would bring feathers to Lyanna before the rebellion as a symbol of his love, and Sansa finds that final feather still in the crypts in Season 5, lying at Lyanna’s feet, and returns it to the statue’s hand.

The Ringer, What the New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Tells Us About Season 8’s Key Themes

This article also makes note of Robert doing this in the none canon pilot episode rather then the very first episode where it does happen as the released script for the actual pilot doesn't include the feather. Therefore, I'd say to be careful to take this article at face value.

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    Up-voted, but then retracted when I saw the timeframe. Jan 14, 2019 at 15:32
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    @GorchestopherH The timeframe of what? If you're referring to the self answer you are aware it is encouraged network wide right?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jan 14, 2019 at 15:57
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    I do believe that upvote should be based on the quality. Here we have image and video, script and pilot script. If this well redacted answer is not worthy what is? Even if the answer came 2 days later, and there were some other answer. This answer would have raised to the top simply based on it's quality. Jan 15, 2019 at 10:17
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    @PrakharMishra of course votes are to be used at your own discretion but as previously said self answers are encouraged on the network and you should really vote for the content not the user.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jan 17, 2019 at 9:02
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    @PrakharMishra the answer does deserve an up vote; the question and answer coming from the same person is irrelevant.
    – SQB
    Jan 17, 2019 at 9:34

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