Winter is finally here, and with that, we're getting more information about the eighth (and final) season of Game of Thrones. As usual, HBO is keeping all the information on lock, including filming different finales for the series just in case anything gets leaked to the public. If you can't wait until 2019 for all of the Westeros madness, here's everything we know so far about the final season of Game of Thrones. Hold onto your hats.
We've got a new promotional trailer.
On November 13, viewers were treated with a first look at the new season when HBO released a promotional trailer for the series.
The promo confirmed one detail: The series will return officially in April 2019, but didn't provide a more official date than that.
Entertainment Weekly provided the world with the first images of the cast from the final season:
When will the show return?
It was previously only known that the last installment of HBO’s epic series would arrive at *~some point~* next year. Thanks to a hint from Maisie Williams, it's widely presumed that the air date for season 8 has been unofficially penciled in for March/April.
The episode count
Unlike previous seasons, the eighth season will bow at six episodes, rather than the standard ten.
Six episodes? But how long are they?
The episodes will be feature length. Meaning 90 minutes plus-long episodes of Game of Thrones. “When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes,” said Liam Cunningham. “So we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”
The overarching theme of the season?
Executive producer and writer Bryan Cogman shared with Entertainment Weekly: “It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death,” Cogman said. “It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do – which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”
I heard rumors of a Game of Thrones prequel?
Iron Throne obsessives, we've got some great news for you. While details on the prequel are still on the down low, Naomi Watts has been cast in the prequel, tentatively titled The Long Night. The series will take place thousands of years before any GoT storyline we've seen thus far, and George R. R. Martin will have a hand in writing the pilot episode. It's expected at the very earliest in 2020.
As always, it's a surprise who is coming back and who isn't from Game of Thrones, a show that kills off characters blithely—some of whom then turn out not to be a dead as we think. But here's who's confirmed either via personal confirmation, their IMDB page, or photo confirmation:
- Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
- Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
- Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
- Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
- Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)
- Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
- Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
- Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy)
- Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei)
- Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)
- John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)
- Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
- Hannah Murray (Gilly)
- Rory McCann (Sandor "The Hound" Clegane)
- Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)
- Conleth Hill (Varys)
- Carice van Houten (Melisandre)
- Jerome Flynn (Bronn)
- Joe Dempsie (Gendry)
Also returning? Ghost, one of the direwolf puppies found by the children of House Stark, raised by Jon Snow. Ghost is set to have a ton of screentime this year!
There's going to be a reunion special!
You heard that correctly. On a show notorious for killing people off, they're getting the gang back together for a one-off Game of Thrones reunion special, Entertainment Weekly confirmed. Yep, that even means Sean Bean, a.k.a. Ned Stark, will be joining the reunion, alongside other members of the series who hadn't made it to the finale.
Bummer news, though: Fans of GoT won't be able to see the reunion special on HBO. Instead, it'll be a special bonus feature in the Game of Thrones box set featuring all eight seasons of the show, so you likely won't see the reunion until after the series finale.
We've got a new trailer!
The latest trailer doesn't say a whole lot, or tell us a whole lot, but it sure is exciting: