This 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Casting Could Ruin a Popular Fan Theory

Plus everything we know so far.

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It’s time to start thinking about season 8 of Game Of Thrones, so here’s everything we know so far

Game Of Thrones season 8 release date

We have no actual air date yet, but despite showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanting it to air next year, there’s a pretty good chance we won’t be getting it until 2019 (WHYGODWHY?!?!) because HBO hasn’t even started filming it yet, and that shit takes ages.

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Although, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, did say they’re getting cracking with filming in October.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen next season, he told Collider. "We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out."

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How many episodes will there be in Game Of Thrones season 8?

We’ve been told by the showrunners that season 8 will be another short one. We’re looking at six episodes.

How long will the episodes be in Game Of Thrones season 8?

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Okay, so we’re getting fewer episodes, but they will be longer. It’s looking like instead of an hour for each episode, season 8 could boast 80-minute episodes. And there may even be feature-length episodes.

"Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it's a great show, so who knows?" HBO's Casey Bloys said.

And Liam Cunningham, who play Ser Davos, revealed in October to TV Guide: "[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We're filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we'd have six months to do 10 episodes, so we're [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes."

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Has the script for Game Of Thrones season 8 been written?

Yes. Yes it has. HBO’s Casey confirmed this in 2017, but, of course, everyone’s keeping tight-lipped about what will actually happen in the final season.

Will Games of Thrones season 8 be the final season?

Sadly yes. Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, has previously said Game Of Thrones would end after eight seasons.

"David and Dan are feeling there's probably two more years after season six, that's what we're looking at right now," he said in January before season 7 aired.

And in June last year, HBO’s Casey said: "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."

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Game Of Thrones season 8 cast

Right now, we don’t know for sure who will be in season 8, but we sure as hell know who won’t…(RIP).

Although, annoyingly (depending on how you look at it), it looks like Cersei will be back for season 8.

In a recent interview, Lena Headey hinted that her character makes it to the end of season 7.

"I [assumed] oh, I'm going to die," she told Time, recalling reading the script. "And then, I went straight to the end. I was really in shock. I think obviously, now, there's got to be some body count at the end of [season] 8."

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But what will happen to her brother/lover (still so, so gross) in season 8?

Now that he’s left the Red Keep, Jaime has a big decision to make: He could either go straight to The Wall to sort those damn wights or he could inform Jon and Dany about Cersei’s lie.

Nikolaj Coster-Walder told IndieWire: “I think he’s going to try to get up there. We see him covering up his golden hand because once he’s heading North, he’s in enemy territory, and it’s difficult to hide who he is when he has that golden hand. So I think he’s going to try to get up to some commander whether it’s Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen. We’ll see.”

If Jaime survives, will he return to Cersei?

“I think that you never finish with your family even if you want to,” he said. “It’s the thing that Tyrion says that there’s not a day that he doesn’t think about the fact that he killed his father even though he hated him…I’m sure for Jaime it’ll be the same. He’ll never be able to not have Cersei be a part of what makes him what he is.”

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Ser Davos is also on his way to the eighth series and he can't believe his luck!

He told Esquire, "I feel like I'm at Wimbledon and I'm going to the final. It's funny you should say, knowing how good the quality of the show is, you go, 'Oh man, I hope I make it to the last season.' Of course, being a typical actor, now that I've made it to the final season, I want to make it to the final episode."

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Word on the street/Watchers on the Wall is that season 8 producers are currently looking for two young actors.

One casting notice is for a Northern girl, ideally around the age of eight. The character seems very similar to Lyanna Mormont, as she’s supposed to be fearless and tell it like it is. They’re looking for a “strong-minded young girl with a fighting spirit,” and the part would film the week of November 17. Watchers on the Wall speculates the girl could be related to Lyanna Mormont, or a member of another prominent Northern family—perhaps a family that falls to the White Walkers.

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The second casting notice is for a boy around the same age, or possibly a few years older. The boy, who may be in multiple scenes, is described as a poor child who has had to fight for everything he has. The actor would need to be available for filming at the end of November and the end of December. Watchers on the Wall thinks this child is likely going to show up in Kings Landing or Essos, since the casting notice doesn’t specify accent or much about appearances.

Exciting!

Another Thrones casting could end up being MASSIVE, if you're personally attached to the fan theory that the leader of the Golden Company would be none other than... Daenerys' former lover Daario Naharis!

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Fan site Watchers on the Wall has reported that Marc Rissmann has been cast as Harry Strickland, although it's now been removed from his Spotlight CV. Strickland is the leader of the Golden Company, which is the group of mercenaries that Cersei tells Jamie she is going to make an alliance with through Euron Greyjoy.

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So if Marc really has been cast, then there might not be any more Daario. WHYGODWHY?!

Game Of Thrones sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and movies

Okay, so we’ve only got one more series of Game Of Thrones goodness—but what about a possible sequel, prequel or even a movie? That'd be cool, right?

When asked about the prospect of any of these things happening, author George R.R. Martin said in April, "There is certainly no lack of material. There are eight million stories in Westeros as well…and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told…if indeed HBO is interested."

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If a prequel does end up happening, we reckon it could feature one of these stories: Aegon’s Conquest, The Valyrian Freehold, The Long Night, The Dance of the Dragons, Maegor the Cruel, or The Blackfyre Rebellion.

Speaking specifically about a GOT movie, George R Martin said: "It might need a feature to tie things up. Something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know..."

So Game Of Thrones season 7 may be over, but news of a spin-off series is enough to keep us ticking over until the final series, GOT season 8, arrives.

The show’s producers are hooking up fans who just can’t bear to be without Game Of Thrones. According to Deadline, a new seven-part spinoff series will keep you involved until the eighth and final season begins—and there's more in the works, too.

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