'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything you should know about the epic finale
Based on George RR Martin's epic saga's first part 'A Song of Ice and Fire', Season 8 will bring together all our favorite characters one final time
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has kept the finale under wraps for far too long but fortunately, fans only have to wait for a month before the finale season hits us with the most epic battle ever. While creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have kept their mouths sealed about even the tiniest clue that could have helped us figure out the ending, it can be assumed that Season 8 will basically sum up all the conspiracies, manipulations, and the unending wait to see who finally gets on the Iron Throne. Before that, however, they all need to escape the wrath of the Night King. Based on George RR Martin's epic saga's first part 'A Song of Ice and Fire', Season 8 will bring together all our favorite characters one final time.
With the show set to return soon, here's everything you need to know as you spend the longest hours on television:
A long long time ago, HBO had subtly left the hint of the show returning in 2019. In the official statement, it had mentioned, "The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019." After making us all wait for a painful year, 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 will finally premiere on April 14, this year, on HBO.
We all know what it is about, but we just don't know how or who will end it all? Season 7 left us on the assuring note that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who had set sail for White Harbor have finally put their guards down (literally) as they fell in love. On the other hand, the fallen ungraced hero, Theon Greyjoy finally led his men to the heroic rescue of his sister, Yara. While we still do not know the exact details of Season 8's plot, in an excruciatingly long read by Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that the pilot episode will take place in Winterfell with several references to the pilot episode of the series. Also, this is the time when the allies come together to fight the dead so that the living can go on with their lives.
After teasing us with at least three teasers, the show finally came up with its official trailer, and yes, we all lost our minds. As EW had already mentioned, the trailer clearly shows Jon and Daenerys riding together into Winterfell, with the two dragons flying high over the Stark's castle. However, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) isn't entirely satisfied with the union, which is expected but it seems their youngest sister, Arya (Maisie Williams) is pretty excited to see those rare creatures. On the other hand, the youngest Stark brother, Bran, (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) can be heard telling Sam (John Bradley), "Everything you did led you to where you are now". We can't agree more since everything that they have all done, has led them to face the dead on the bitterly cold grounds of Winterfell.
Yes, they are all coming back, and the dead too. This means that as the trailer suggests we will get to see some stifling yet soothing romance between Kit Harington's Jon Snow (who still knows nothing, because Harington did not read the script) and Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen (we are not going to add the remain adjectives and pronouns). However, Lena Headey's sly yet sensitive queen, Cersei Lannister, continues to leave us baffled at what her next step might be because in the trailer she only shows off a very crafty smile while sipping on her wine.
It's clear though that her twin brother, and lover, Jamie Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is sailing off to Winterfell as he had promised in Season 7.
Meanwhile, Sophie Turner's Sansa and Maisie William's Arya are already holding their grounds in Winterfell, awaiting the arrival of their eldest brother. The rest of the cast, which includes Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), and all who are still alive, will return... probably to die.
Creators and executive producers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, have finally fulfilled their promise of ending what can be called an entire decade of war, as HBO boss Casey Bloys had declared, "The showrunners have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. If I could get them to do more I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they [need] to make the best version of their show." However, 'Game of Thrones' will not be the end of the two visionaries, as the duo will soon step into another equally famous merchandise-driven, pop-culture phenomena. Disney had announced a few days back that the duo will write and produce a new series of 'Star Wars' films, which will be separate from the main episodic Skywalker saga that started with 'Star Wars: A New Hope' and is slated to wrap up with 2019's 'Star Wars: Episode IX'.
The impossible has happened. As rumor went, Season 8's runtime would easily beat the length of at least three feature films put together. However, with HBO updating its schedule for the show, it has been revealed that Episode 1 of Season 8 will run for 54 minutes but the final episode is set to be stretched for at least 80 minutes. The episodes in between will run for a time range in between 60-70 minutes.
Season 7 Recap:
Before we set out on a journey which will put an end to a decade-long journey across the world, let's take a quick look at what we are left with in Season 7. The three-episode shorter season left us with moments that were either, too, uncomfortable to believe in — that moment when Viserion becomes a pet to the Night King and blows down the entire Wall — or times when we practically wanted to get inside the screen and knock some sense into the mad Queen. Cersei continued to maintain her madness about the throne, even when Jon and the rest gave her a glimpse of what they can expect from the other side of the Wall. While Jaimie made up his mind of helping out, Cersei stayed back at King's Landing protecting her Iron Throne.
On the other hand, justice was called on when Arya finally slit the throat of the ever-manipulative, Little Finger (Aidan Gillen), after Bran revealed his many schemes and plans to his sisters. The Stark siblings await in Winterfell, with Sansa taking charge of the kingdom, for the arrival of their eldest brother, Jon Snow who has managed to mine out dragonstone from Daenerys' kingdom.
Left with all this suspense and of course, the heartbreaking fact that the Mother of Dragons might have to fight her own child, Season 8 will surely return with some unhinging moments on April 14, on HBO.
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