Winter — er, fictional winter — is coming slower than ever this year, as fans await the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.”
While we still know very little about the last installment in D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s HBO fantasy series, with the premiere coming in just a few months, TheWrap has rounded up what details we do have regarding how all of this ends.
And, look, we get that you are sad the small-screen adaptation of the George R.R. Martin novels is coming to a close. But just remember, what is dead may never die. (Did that help? Meh, we tried.)
1. The premiere date.
After months and months and months of teasing, HBO revealed in a cryptic promo that the final season will debut on April 14.
2. You’re definitely getting a trailer, we just have no idea when.
Weiss and Benioff have promised a trailer is coming — even though they wish it wasn’t — and HBO programming boss Casey Bloys told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association press tour last week that is definitely the case (along with a few other Season 8 details). But no one will say when. And we all know it didn’t come during the Super Bowl — though that Bud Light ad directed by David Nutter did.
3. Pretty much everyone has said something about how it all ends
Emilia Clarke: “It f–ed me up,” the actress told Vanity Fair. “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys [Targaryen] is . . .” Clarke added she’s “doing all this weird s–t” in Season 8. “You’ll know what I mean when you see it.” Great?
Maisie Williams: The young star revealed Arya was alone in the last scene she shot for the series which isn’t necessarily Arya’s last scene. “Arya’s always bloody alone,” Williams said. “But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill, I had seen the tears and heard the speeches.”
Sophie Turner: The actress who plays Sansa said that, even though it was satisfying to shoot the ending for her and her castmates, viewers might be disappointed. “I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think,” Turner said. “I think it will be really interesting to see people’s reactions, but for me reading the script it was just like heartbreaking to read at the very final page of the script it just says, ‘End of Game of Thrones.’ That was really emotional.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Jaime Lannister told TheWrap not long after production ended last July that “all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle” in the end. “I mean, when I read it — I’ve spent so many years working on this and been guessing and trying to figure out how this will end — and when I read it, some of the parts of it I’d get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising.”
Kit Harington: Jon Snow knows everything — and it made him sad. “I cried at the end,” Harington told BBC One after reading the final script. “You have to remember that [after] eight years of it — no one really cares about it more than us.”
Peter Dinklage: According to Dinklage, there is a chance Tyrion won’t make it alive — unless he’s totally screwing with us here — telling Vulture, “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”
4. They were planning on shooting multiple endings
“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said during a speaking engagement at Bethlehem’s Moravian College in September 2017. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
TBD on if this actually how it went down.
5. There will be fewer episodes, but they will be longer — we just don’t know how much longer.
When we spoke with Bloys at the TCA winter press tour, he pushed back against a report last month regarding the episode lengths for the final season.
“Somewhere, some editing facility somebody saw something. That’s where it’s coming from,” Bloys told TheWrap last week. It’s been widely speculated that the final six episodes will all be feature length, meaning over an hour, which Bloys said there was some truth to, but that the editing process is not done.
“They are not all feature-length episodes. Some are to time, some are longer. They’re still editing,” Bloys said.
6. The season will include a battle scene that took 55 nights to shoot
“It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park,” Dinklage told Entertainment Weekly for their report on the series’ finale last year.
7. We’ve already been given a few glimpses of Season 8
8. A furry friend is coming back
The show’s visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer told the Huffington Post back in September that Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, will return for the final episodes, saying: “He does some… he’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8.”
9. It includes a big reunion
Sean Bean told The Hollywood Reporter last October that a special hosted by Conan O’Brien and featuring old and new cast members had been shot in Belfast last year.
HBO confirmed to TheWrap the reunion special is in fact real, but will not air on the premium cable network. It will instead be released as part of a complete series box set at a later date.