Preparing for Game of Thrones Season 8

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The Iron Throne 
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The eighth and final season of HBO’s popular series Game of Thrones has been confirmed to air in April 2019. It’s welcome news to fans, as it’s been over a year and a half since the last season aired.


Season seven of Game of Thrones ended with quite the setup for the final season. Many of the show’s most beloved characters are, for the first time in quite some time, beginning the season in the same location. The Stark siblings Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark have all been in Winterfell for the majority of season seven. Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne also ended the season in the Stark home. Jon Snow (or Aegon Targaryen), Daenerys, Tyrion Lannister, and others in Daenerys’ camp, have been shown to arrive at Winterfell in several new clips.


In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister is pregnant and absolutely bloodthirsty. She ended season seven by revealing she intended on breaking her promise to Daenerys. Rather than send troops to aid in the fight against the White Walkers, Cersei hopes that the Northern threats will tear each other apart. Euron Grejoy, still holding his niece Yara captive, is sailing to meet the mercenaries of the Golden Company. This blatant betrayal and cruelty has turned even Jaime Lannister against her; he was last seen fleeing north, presumably to help Daenerys and Jon Snow fight the Night King.


This is particularly exciting, as Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and Tyrion Lannister will all be (hopefully) on the same side of the war for the first time. Anther reunion viewers are excited for is the reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Arya and Jon haven’t seen each other since season one of Game of Thrones, when Jon gave Arya her sword before departing for the Wall. There are sure to be many more character interactions that viewers have never seen before. However, reunions are sure to be cut short by the Night King’s breach of the Wall- helped, of course, by his brand new reanimated wight dragon.


Game of Thrones season eight is set to have six episodes. It’s a marked drop-off from previous seasons, where seasons averaged around ten episodes. However, each episode is said to be ‘feature-length,’ meaning they could be anywhere from sixty to one hundred and twenty minutes long each. Each episode cost an average of £11.2 million. Compare that to the previous average of £5 million!


Directors of these episodes are David Nutter, who previously directed “Red Wedding,” Miguel Sapochnik, who directed “Battle of the Bastards” and “Winds of Winter,” and showrunners  David Benioff and DB Weiss. Sapochnik is directing episodes three and five of the new season, so it’s fair to assume those are the episodes in which major battles will be taking place.


There are many fan theories that could be confirmed in the new season, such as Daenerys’ pregnancy, Arya Stark and Gendry (Baratheon) Waters’ relationship, or Cersei’s death by one of her brothers. HBO has apparently taken great lengths to conceal the ending of the series, with HBO’s president of programming announcing that several endings to Game of Thrones could be filmed, so nobody knows how it will end.

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