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, Tuesday’s big premiere date news prompted TheWrap to start rounding up the precious few details that are available 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. Production has wrapped
Based on multiple social media posts shared by the cast, including Maisie Williams — who was the last woman standing on set — the show finished shooting in Belfast in July.
2. It will air sometime in April 2019
No, we don’t have an official date — yet. But HBO teased the month, April, in a retrospective promo video released Tuesday. So TBD on which of four Sundays you’ll need to block off.
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” as 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 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
The final season will consist of six episodes. Although that’s a shorter season than the show has ever aired, the installments are supposed to be somewhat lengthier. But not two hours.
David Nutter — longtime “GoT” director who directed three of the final seasons episodes — said they are all “longer than 60 minutes,” in a Reddit AMA on Monday.
6. The season will include a battle scene that took 55 nights to shoot
Per this “thank-you note” below that’s been widely circulated since April.
— Game of Thrones Facts (@thronesfacts) April 7, 2018
7. We’ve already been given our first look at Season 8
It’s pretty weak, but it’s something. Watch it here.
8. A furry friend is coming back
The show’s visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer recently told Huffington Post, 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 earlier this month that a special featuring old and new castmembers had been shot in Belfast earlier this year, hosted by Conan O’Brien.
“Conan O’Brien did this thing, it was the last episode, so we all got together,” Bean said. “It’s funny with work, you don’t really keep in touch. You do so many types of jobs in that part of the world. It’s just like whenever I see old friends or even old drama school friends, it’s just the same, we pick up where we left off last time.”
“Yes, it was for season eight, the last one,” he added. “So they decided to get all the characters together for a bit for this big show in Belfast and [O’Brien] kind of hosted the evening,”
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