The final season will premiere in April 2019
After fans waited patiently for nearly a year and a half after Season 7 for news of Season 8's arrival, HBO announced that the final installment of the series will premiere in April 2019. The programming giant shared a dramatic teaser trailer in November 2018 illustrating everything the lead characters have endured before next season’s impending battle to end all battles, followed by the highly anticipated release date. Below is an overview of how Season 1 may mirror what's to come in the final 2 seasons..
Season 8 will only have six episodes
As far back as April 2016, Benioff and Weiss teased plans for a shorter final season. In an effort to manage the added pressure of creating more original content (the show has far outpaced author George R.R. Martin's source material), the showrunners divvied up GoT's final lap with seven episodes for Season 7 and six for 8. That way they could keep their standards high and deliver quality episodes for fans..
Spoiler-wise, it looks like Winterfell will go down in flames
OK, we know we just said to be skeptical of the spoilers you see, but we thought we'd tease some of the big ones and let you decide what you want to do with them. A video shot near set shows the walls of what looks like Winterfell ablaze. Belfast Live reported that the mayhem was part of a massive battle scene, with 400 or 500 extras. Though the footage doesn't offer hints as to what caused the fire -- a certain queen's doing? Viserion? -- its sheer size means the finished product could rival the Battle of the Bastards and other famously epic set pieces.
Something will crush the walls of King's Landing
Last year, Watchers on the Wall pointed out that the gate arch near the entryway to King's Landing appeared to be "in ruins," meaning someone or something might have broken into the city. Recent set pics give more credence to that theory, showing jagged stones from the walls jutting out around what looks like a breach. Watch out, Cersei.
And Cersei's "shame" double is back
Remember Cersei's walk of shame? The body double who played her in that scene, Rebecca Van Cleave, has returned to set, according to her agency. "Our artist Rebecca Van Cleave... has been in a very snowy Belfast this week shooting her repeat role for Game Of Thrones," wrote Industry Casting, in a since-deleted tweet. "Repeat role"? Two words that seem ripe for speculation. Have fun!
P.P.S. The last book is almost done (maybe)?
In another blog post, Martin wrote that he was "buried in work, so much that it is starting to overwhelm me. Even with my army of loyal minions. So I am going to step back from blogging -- okay, from NOT-a-blogging -- for a while, till I get a few of these monkeys off my back." We're hoping one of those monkeys is the last installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. Obviously the final book won't have any bearing on what happens in the final season of the show, but still. Would be nice. Godspeed, George.
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