HBO announced Tuesday that their hugely popular series Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2019 for what will be its eighth and final season.
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 instalment, The Winds of Winter.
What should we expect, plot-wise?
Entertainment Weekly went on set and revealed some basic plot points: In a call back to the start of the series, we will see a procession into Winterfell, but it will 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.
Also, we are expecting to finally get that big faceoff with the Army of the Dead, and a throw down that made ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ according to actor Peter Dinklage, “look like a theme park.”
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 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ episode. Based on that, we are bracing for some shocking deaths and massive, unbelievable battles.
What am I supposed to do once this is all over?
Get ready to watch more! Martin has said there are five Thrones prequels in development, and HBO has ordered the pilot for one.
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” HBO said of the forthcoming prequel. “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”
“We’re not done with Westeros yet,” Martin said backstage at the Emmys in September. “We have plenty of story to tell.” – Makamba Online