HBO has announced that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, 2019. This means that soon enough, fans will finally find out the ultimate fate of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of the Westerosi.
Basically, somebody better be sitting on that iron throne when all is said and done. The last official news we received from HBO was nearly a year ago, when the premium network promised “GoT” would return in 2019. And while HBO always keeps its cards close to the chest, we do know a few things about this final season – which will air 20 months after the last time we saw any new episodes – and can make some educated guesses about what to expect.
How long will this season last?
The final season will just be six episodes long, which also makes it the series’ shortest. Seasons 1 through 6 of the show each had 10 episodes, while Season 7 had seven episodes. But the final season will also have longer-than-normal episodes, clocking in at 80 minutes each.
Despite the shorter run, it took 10 months to shoot the eighth season, and each episode cost around $15 million, according to Variety. Just think of all the battles, dragons and undead that can buy!
Source material, please?
Just like Seasons 6 and 7, the show writers don’t have the benefit of drawing upon George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series; the world still awaits the completion of the long-time-coming sixth installment, “The Winds of Winter.” (Remember when Martin said it’d come out in 2014? That was two midterms and a presidential election ago!)
Entertainment Weekly went on set and revealed some basic plot points: In a callback to the start of the series, we’ll see a procession into Winterfell, but it’ll be with Daenerys and her army as they all hunker down for the threat north of the Wall. Also, Sansa is not happy about the whole Jon-bending-the-knee-to-a-Targaryen thing.
Who will be behind the camera?
Past “Thrones” directors have returned to shoot the final season. Season 8 directors include: showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will direct the series finale; Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the acclaimed “The Battle of the Bastards” episode; and David Nutter, who directed the devastating Red Wedding episode (“The Rains of Castamere”). Based on that, we’re bracing for some shocking deaths and massive, unbelievable battles.