Perhaps we all were away from the discussions related to Game Of Thrones seasons and various underline stories for quite a long time. But soon you will found yourself indulged in this as the latest and the final season of this epic story is coming to you.
It already feels like a long time since season seven of Game of Thrones came to an end, zombie dragon and all.
HBO has confirmed that Game of Thrones will return for its final season in April 2019.
In a crushing blow for Thrones fans, however, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys has hinted there could be another agonising wait between the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of the first spin-off show. “You’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season 8 finale,” he said.
The eighth season will be the shortest yet, with only six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes), and much shorter than the first six seasons of the show (which had 10 episodes each).
While the eight season will only have six episodes, they will be much longer than the one-hour length of previous seasons. It appears episodes will be up to 80 minutes, and potentially there could be feature-length instalments.
Actually, it began in October 2017, with much of the filming taking place on an enormous backlot at Belfast’s Titanic Studios, and carried on for quite some time: key cast members, including Kit Harington, were photographed by fans near the studio in late November. Production officially wrapped for Game of Thrones in July 2018.
All the main cast-members will return for the final series. As this is Game of Thrones, however, we can’t be sure who will survive until the very end. Although it is an ensemble show, the cast’s salaries might give some indication which characters will be given the most prominence in the final season: in 2017, Variety reported that five cast members – Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) – were all being paid $500,000 per episode.
Other returning cast members including Liam Cunningham (Davos), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne).
Game of Thrones’ visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer has also confirmed Jon Snow’s faithful albino direwolf Ghost, last seen in season 6, will be making a return, telling Huffington Post, “…you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in season 8.”
ALL ABOUT THE FINAL SEASON
The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was announced by HBO in July 2016.] Like the previous season, it will largely consist of original content not found currently in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series; it will instead adapt material Martin has revealed to showrunners about the upcoming novels in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Series creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will serve as showrunners for the eighth season. The directors for the eighth season were announced in September 2017. Miguel Sapochnik, who previously directed “The Gift” and “Hardhome” on season 5, as well as “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter” on season 6 will return as director. He will divide up direction of the first five episodes with David Nutter, who had directed two episodes on seasons two, three and five, including “The Rains of Castamere” and “Mother’s Mercy”. The final episode of the show will be directed by Benioff and Weiss, who have previously directed one episode each.
At the show’s South by Southwest panel on March 12, 2017, Benioff and Weiss announced the writers for the show to be Dave Hill (episode 1) and Bryan Cogman (episode 2). The showrunners will then divide up the screenplay for the remaining four episodes amongst themselves.
Writing for the eighth season started with a 140-page outline. Benioff said that the divvying up process and who should write what section became more difficult because “this would be the last time that we would be doing this”.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Casey Bloys stated that instead of the series finale being a feature film, the final season would be “six one-hour movies” on television. He continued, “The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental.” Filming officially began on October 23, 2017, and concluded in July 2018.
Co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have said that the seventh and eighth season would likely consist of fewer episodes, stating that after season six, they were “down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.” Benioff and Weiss stated that they were unable to produce 10 episodes in the show’s usual 12 to 14-month time frame, as Weiss said, “It’s crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule.” HBO confirmed in July 2016, that the seventh season would consist of seven episodes, and would premiere later than usual in mid-2017 because of the later filming schedule. Benioff and Weiss later confirmed that the eighth season will consist of six episodes, and is expected to premiere later than usual for the same reason.
Benioff and Weiss spoke about the end of the show, saying, “From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.” The season is scheduled to premiere in April 2019.
Ramin Djawadi is set to return as the composer of the show for the eighth season.
There have been some particularly inventive fan theories about what to expect from the final series, ranging from the mostly plausible to the downright silly. Some of the more interesting ideas include: that Tyrion Lannister might turn out to be a member of the Targaryen line (as the illegitimate son of Mad King Aerys), that Daenerys will have to sacrifice herself to defeat the White Walkers, and the idea that Bran Stark will (through a mystical, as-yet-unexplained McGuffin) turn out to be the Night King. When asked about this last theory, Isaac Hempstead, the actor who plays Bran told Esquire he thought it “a bit far-fetched…but this is Game of Thrones, and anything is possible.”