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.)Also Read: HBO's Casey Bloys Talks 'Game of Thrones' Final Season Trailer, Episode Lengths and Spinoff Status1\. 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 endsEmilia 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?Also Read: HBO Shares 14 New 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Photos, And Everybody Looks Basically the SameMaisie 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.”Also Read: WTF Was That Bud Light-'Game of Thrones' Super Bowl Ad? We've Got Some Info (Video)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 8There is one here and here, and the first-look photos can be found here.8\. A furry friend is coming backThe 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 reunionSean 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.Read original story ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Here’s Everything We Know About the Series’ Epic Ending – So Far At TheWrap
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There's a strong case to be made that the Game of Thrones season 8 finale will be the biggest moment in scripted television history. Messily so, because the days of a nation gathering around their television sets to find out at the very same moment who shot JR in Dallas are over, and both the viewing of and discussion around TV has atomised with the advent of streaming and social media. Production on the eighth and final season wrapped last month, and tidbits – albeit very guarded and probably HBO-approved ones – about the show's climax have been slowly extracted from the cast (and a couple of crew members) when they haven't been busy filming.
A Bud Light Super Bowl commercial took a dark, and hilarious, turn when The Mountain and Drogon from "Game of Thrones" crashed the party.
The new – and final – season of Game of Thrones will arrive on April 14, it’s been confirmed in a teaser from HBO. But as these things often are, it’s been accompanied by a truly devastating fan theory. The eerie clip shows Jon Snow, Arya Stark and Sansa Stark in the crypt of Winterfell, usually a place for quiet reflection with the effigies of their ancestors. They gaze upon the statues that will one day immortalise them, as they did their father Ned, mother Catelyn and aunt Lyanna, Jon’s real mother.
Just as “Game of Thrones” is coming to an end, HBO is working on breathing new life into Westeros with a prequel pilot that will flesh out some of the series’ backstory that all you die-hard fans have been craving for years. While details are few and far between at the moment, we know way more than we probably would about the project, thanks to George R.R. Martin. The “A Song of Ice and Fire” series author is helping to develop the project and he refuses to stop teasing it. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Adds 8 to Cast 1\. We know who is in charge. Ordered to pilot last year, the project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman is set thousands of years before the events of the current “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the “Age of Heroes.” Goldman wrote the pilot from a story she developed alongside Martin. She will serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin, James Farrel, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman. Chris Symes is co-executive producer. S.J. Clarkson (who is helming the next “Star Trek” movie) will direct. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones': Sansa Hands Winterfell Over to Daenerys in New Footage From Final Season (Video) 2\. We’ve got a description. According to HBO, the drama “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.” 3\. We (possibly) know what it’s called, thanks to George R.R. Martin. Maybe it’s “The Long Night,” maybe it’s not “The Long Night.” All we know is that Martin for sure said it was — and then retracted that statement after HBO “informed” him it’s still currently untitled. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Is Most-Pirated TV Show of 2018 - Because, You Know, No New 'Game of Thrones' 4\. We’ve got some stars. Naomi Watts has been cast in a leading role for the (supposedly) untitled project, along with Josh Whitehouse. Watts will play a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, but further details about her character and the plot are not being made public, while no character details are currently available for Whitehouse’s part on the prequel pilot. Series regulars also include Naomi Ackie (who will next appear in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” franchise), Denise Gough (“Guerrilla,” “Angels in America”), Jamie Campbell Bower (“Twilight,” “Mortal Instruments”), Sheila Atim (“Harlots”), Ivanno Jeremiah (“Black Mirror”), Georgie Henley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), Alex Sharp (“To the Bone”) and Toby Regbo (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”). 5\. It won’t have Targaryens — and maybe no dragons. While discussing his new book “Fire and Blood” — which catalogs the history of Westeros before the current events of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ fantasy series — the author teased more about the upcoming project, which is set 10,000 years before “GoT.” “‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels,” Martin told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published in November, while addressing how “recognizable” the series will be for fans. “But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ Again, I’m trying to reflect real-life things that a lot of high fantasy doesn’t reflect. In the Bible, it has people living for hundreds of years and then people added up how long each lived and used that to figure out when events took place. Really? I don’t think so. Now we’re getting more realistic dating now from carbon dating and archeology. But Westeros doesn’t have that. They’re still in the stage of ‘my grandfather told me and his grandfather told him.’ So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years.” “But you’re right. Westeros is a very different place,” Martin continued. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series. [Goldman] is a tremendous talent. She flew into Santa Fe and we spent a week talking about her ideas. She’s going into territory that I haven’t explored very much in the books. I’ve hinted about them. But she’s a major writer, I love her work.” 6\. It’s the only pilot HBO is moving forward with — for now. HBO chief Casey Bloys told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour last July that of the five “Thrones” spinoff scripts in development, Goldman’s is the only one they are putting into production. “The reason we did multiple scripts in the development process, [we knew] out of five we’d be lucky to get one we’re excited about,” he said. While he didn’t confirm the others are dead, we have yet to see any movement on them since he made that statement. 7\. Production is supposed to begin in early 2019 — just as “Game of Thrones” is coming to an end. “Our hope is that it would shoot, you know, first half of ’19,” Bloys told TheWrap during TCA. “I don’t know where the October came from,” he added, referencing a Belfast Telegraph story from June that first reported the prequel pilot would go into production in Belfast this October. “I’m guessing maybe they wanted it to be? [laughs] But there was no truth to that.” 8\. The “Game of Thrones” showrunners aren’t involved. Weiss and Benioff will have nothing to do with the prequel series, and will be moving on from the franchise after “GoT” airs its final season, starting in April 2019. And, because you don’t need to let go of the OG series just yet, you can read everything we know about the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” here. Read original story ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel: Here’s Everything We Know About the HBO Pilot So Far At TheWrap
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“Game of Thrones” star Iain Glen has lifted the lid on the efforts of the show’s producers to avoid spoilers and leaks from the eagerly anticipated final season. “They’re absolutely paranoid now about anyone finding out anything about the series and spoiling it,” he said in a BBC radio interview to be broadcast Friday. “We […]
Winter is here and that means Game of Thrones will be back on screens within months. Given that this is also the final season, it’s little wonder fans are already in full Westeros mode. The trailer is out, the release date has been announced and spoilers are everywhere.
A reunion special featuring several cast members from HBO ’s now-wrapped epic Game of Thrones , shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland and hosted by Conan O’Brien, is headed straight to video — but it’s not as bad as it sounds. HBO confirmed Wednesday that the special, shot in Belfast earlier this year, will appear exclusively on a complete Seasons 1-8 DVD GoT box set to hit shelves sometime in 2019. A story in Entertainment Weekly said some past cast members including…