Winter will probably, but for fans of games of thrones, the wait can last forever. Season 7 ended in August 2017 with dragons and white hikers and, okay, a little unfortunate incest. And fans who are impatiently waiting for resolution can not even consolidate themselves with a new George R.R. Martin book in the saga, because .
But the book, like winter, comes. Just before Thanksgiving in 2018, Martin told the Wall Street Journal that he was in a remote mountain cabin where he went to "hunker down" and writes, and he is "hard at work" at Winds of Winter. He would not give destroyer, but he said he had a main plan, despite the events of the television series.
"I will still finish what I always wanted to do, it has been in my head for 25 years now," Martin said.
Martin alsoin August 2018. Then he noted that some people have died on the screen that will not die in the books. (Margaery? Hodor? Shireen? We can dream …) Despite what Martin said he is not negative to kill big characters on the page too – and .
The final episode will also pull out all stops, according to Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei. In August 2018, she told the Hindustan Times that the season would finally put up some exciting stories.
"This season will be extremely satisfying for people," said Emmanuel. "It will be incredibly exciting and heartbreaking. I think people will blow when they look at the last one."
But those of us who must live in the world of tax and performance reviews certainly can use a fantasy fly back to the country of castles and wildlife and the Tyrrels ensemble. So while we wait and sayyourself, here's a guide to the final season of HBO's blockbuster fantasy hit.
We update this story when new information is revealed, be sure to check out the plot section for new details or rumors. Keep the door spoilers inbound!
Latest info last season
Big news released on November 1, when Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd shared details from a visit. He did not have to leak a lot of course, but here are the highlights:
Fans can be surprised by who survives to the end.
While looking at the absolute last episode that was filmed, Hibberd wrote, "I'm looking at a carefully designed set that I've never seen before. Several players perform and I'm stunned: There are signs in the final that I did not expect me. "
What goes around comes around. Hibberd says that the last season starts at Winterfell's Strong High Holder, and contains many parallels to the show's pilot. "Instead of King Roberts procession arriving, it's Daenerys and her army, he writes. From there, characters meet and mingle and prepare to fight the dead army.
And talk about Winterfell …
Winterfell- The set had a massive expansion in the last season. There is now a "high castle exterior, a larger courtyard and more interconnected spaces and ramparts," says EW.
Building to the massive battle
We already havethat there will be a massive battle (probably people vs. dead) who took 55 days to shoot and take place in three different places. Hibberd's report says that "wildly understates" the actual events that the 55 days were only for outdoor scenes shot at Winterfell, and that the battle was shot for several weeks more on indoor studio kits.
It's a little real costume released – Sansa (Sophie Turner) is not Glad that Jon (Kit Harington) bent his knee to Daenerys, w It should not be surprising for anyone who knows the proud Stark heritage. But it sounds like she changes her mind about Dany eventually. (Which is good because they are really the family.)
Do not believe in the leaked scripts
Every time a presumed leaked script appeared on Reddit, Hibberd warned that real games of Thrones scripts do not say Game of Thrones to them , and production documents use code names to refer to the actors. (Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, was called "Eldiss.")
Release date, episodes and time
So what's left to watch? The last season is Season 8 and HBO has confirmed that it will be in 2019 and will consist of six episodes. Only six, but they will be super big. In 2017 the show's sound designer said they would bebut since 2018, director David Nutter told Reddit that each one will be over an hour.
Early suggestion was that the end season did not arrive until summer, but on November 13, HBO stated that the new season is.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, like David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, will control episodes, and Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will write scripts. As fans know, the TV series has resigned from Martin's books because of necessity, because a new book has not been published since 2011.
To watch the new season when it eventually drops, you have to subscribe to HBO or a friend of one), but if you do not have cable, you can pay for HBO Now, a streaming subscription version of HBO that does not require a regular cable subscription (or even a TV). Are you unsure that you will like it? You can stream HBO now for free for 30 days. And you can download on previous seasons via HBO, Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra Blu-ray. Past seasons are also available on.
Meet the cast
The big cast members who have survived to this point will be back (one exception: Ellaria Sand, who probably still looks at daughter Tye's body rotting in Cersei's prison cave).
Some of the top stars come back:
The Lannister children, Tyrion (Dinklage), Queen Cersei (Headey) and Jaime (Coster-Waldau) are still survivors, although Tyrion and Cersei speak for each other and Jaime seems to be caught in the middle. Is Cersei lying to his brother / lover about being pregnant with his fourth child together, now that the other three have died? Pretty possible.
In the case of House Strong Losing Dad Down (Sean Bean) Head In The First Season, and Mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and Brothers Robb (Richard Madden) and Rickon (Art Parkinson, who]) joined him in the aftermath later. But Jon Snow (Harington), who is really Neds Sister's son, and Down true children Bran (Hempstead-Wright), Arya (Williams) and Sansa (Turner) still live and discover that life in Westeros is really a Strong proposition.
Daenarys Targaryen (Clarke) seems to have found love with Jon Snow – too bad, she is his aunt (that kind of thing never really meant for Targary's but, tbh). She has also joined Tyrion, and her faithful retinue includes eunuch Gray Worm (Anderson), Missandei (Emmanuel) and Jorah Mormont (Glen).
Jon Snows pal Samwell Tarly (Bradley-West) and his partner Gilly (Hannah Murray) discovered some important secrets of Westerosi history during his time at the citadel, and you only know it will eventually come out.
Also returning is Brienne of Tarth (Christie), her wannabe lover Tormund Giantsbane (Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Cunningham), Sandor "The Dog" Clegane (McCann) and his shy zombie brother Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane (Björnsson) , Arya's pal Gendry (Dempsie), Mystical Daughter, Melisandre (van Houten), plagued Theon Grayjoy (Allen) and his evil uncle Euron (Asbæk).
It's not much known about new characters that are featured in the show during their last season. However, according to actor Wikia, actor Marc Rissmann will play Harry Strickland, Golden Commander, an army for hire. Other new characters that we do not know much about in addition to their names are Fergus (played by Seamus O & Hara), Willa (Alice Nokes) and Sarra (Danielle Galligan).
What we know about the plot
Director David Nutter revealed some trials about the last season of his Reddit AMA on November 13th. Asked about Daenery's goal, he said that Targaryen's pursuit of Iron Throne has good intentions. "I think she wants to make a difference," he said. "She wants to free the slaves, she wants to be a good, fair ruler. After so many years chasing her and now I'm chasing it – I think in some ways it's a fate for her and a part of it's really beyond her own calling and something that she intended to be.
Nutter also promised that at least one direct wolf returned and said that show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were aware of what fans wanted to see when they went out into the final and took it into the need to describe it The last season in three words he chose, "Spectacular, Inspirational, Satisfactory."
Remember the Red Wedding? When asked to compare the upcoming episode to the bloodbath, Nutter said: "What is the 8th season compared with the red wedding I just have to tell you – hang on your place because it will be special. "
Peter Dinklage, whose Tyrion Lannister is a favorite character of manyabout what happens to the youngest Lannister. Fi First, he said the show" ends beautifully "for his character, but He added, "Whether it was tragic or not." Fans probably believed Tyrion to live happily ever after, but "tragic" is a scary word, especially in this context.
Have you wondered what happened to the few surviving direwolvesna "Joe Bauer, the visual visionary executive of the show, promiseswill play an interesting role in the finals season." (Ghost) is very present and does some pretty cool things in season 8, Bauer The Huffington Post. Good – Jon will need all the backup he can get.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, says the final of the show will be divisive. Although she did not reveal any destroyer: "I think many fans will be disappointed and many fans will be over the moon. I find it very interesting to see people's reactions."
We also know that even after the show ends, fans will be able to relive Westero's fear and triumph with[Northern Ireland] sets. HBO does not confirm much details for what will be called Game of Thrones Legacy attractions, but the Winterfell, Castle Black and King Landing seats can be included, and costumes, props, weapons and other items will be displayed.
And in late September, George R. Martin published a new excerpt on his website. Unfortunately, it was not from the long-awaited Winds of Winter, but instead of Fire & Blood, the first volume of his Targaryen story. Fire & Blood is written from Archmaester Gyldayns perspective and digs into the fascinating Targary's, Daenerys family life (and now we know – spoiler alert – Jon Snow too).
An interesting piece of jewelry that may or may not go out in the last season: Queen Alysanne flies his dragon Silverwing high over Castle Black, but the dragon, who has never refused to fly where her mistress wants, will not go north of the wall. This could only be something that Martin joined Fire & Blood, but if he told show runners that dragons do not like flying north of the wall, that could be a problem.
Get ready for some serious actions, and be braced to possibly lose some big characters. A HBO chief has made the final seasondescribing cast members "one by one … falling down to their deaths". If the death is too many for you, remember that that not everyone who dies on screen will die in their books.
Thinest piece of footage, just seconds was published in August 2018, as an extract that appears under an HBO video that promotes its 2019 series. Other than Jon Snow (Kit Harington) hugging sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) nothing happens, but fans will take whatever they can get.
We know thatis ready to film her final scenes, thanks to a published in June 2018. Unfortunately, she did not offer some details or spoilers.
And while this is hardly a spoiler, we know that "someone will die" in the last season thanks to the show's armor Natalia Lee, who. "There are always cool weapons and swords," Lee said. "I can not really say much. It will be the biggest battle in the TV story, I can definitely say. It will only be bigger and badder."
Drogo! Drogo! Could Daenerys' Sun and Stars, aka Khal Drogo, aka Jason Momoa, make a return? Maybe in the flashback, or maybe in some kind of unpleasant zombie resurrection? Fans got a little excited when Momoa shared a photo on Instagram where he saw raising a Guinness with Thrones Game Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff during the show's filming. Maybe they're just three pals hanging out. But fans can dream.
Drogo may or may not be present, but according to a report from June 2018 from Daily Express, Dothraki will be back to help their Khaleesi. A riddle in Ireland apparently quenched two Instagram posts, one that showed a Dothraki warrior, another who mentioned them.
We do not know if there will be other celebrity comedies, but we know that the actor who played Hodor, Kristian Nairn, thought the controversial 2017 appearance of singer Ed Sheeran had a silly note . "I'm not a fan of cameos in the" Game of Thrones. "I do not like them. I think it's stupid," Nairn told Huffington Post. "Especially Ed Sheeran. I was," Why is Ed Sheeran here? "I mean, Ed Sheeran is great. He's a good guy, good musician, but why is he in the game of thrones?"
Star Maisie Williams knows how the show ends and she hasso maybe you can bend her to attach. She also did not buy to HBO president Casey Bloys who announced that the show planned to to fool nosy on-set people who can leak big news. "I immediately thought," I do not think we have the budget to post many different changes, "http://www.cnet.com/" she told Jimmy Kimmel.
Can a young generation Northern leader, led by young Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Alys Karstark (Megan Parkinson) and Ned Umber (Harry Grasby) prepping for a powerful presence in the final season? We really hope so, for.
Will Dragonpit Reappear? Fan site Winter is Coming was reported on April 2 that the show is preparing for film at a ruined Roman amphitheater in the ancient Spanish city of Italica that served as Dragonpit for a big stage in season 7. It could serve as an important point for costume drama or just a nice giant open meeting place for a fight or other confrontation.
Gendry is finally finished rowing and ready for action. Actor Joe Dempsie, who plays Robert Baratheon's secret son Gendry, told Digital Spy that he has filmed "a fair b it" in the last season, but smart would not reveal if he survives to the last episode. Still, due to his parenthood, fans are waiting for big things from the young blacksmith with royal blood.
Will the last season include more flashbacks with Rhaegar Targaryen, father to you-know-who (19459015) R + L = J )? The actor who plays him, see this and really want the fans to see a little more of his damn relationship with Neds sister Lyanna Stark.wrote a picture of himself on May 2 standing in front of a hotel in Belfast, where the show is shooting and the fans wandered with speculation. He has since deleted it, but you can
Another rumor, with regard to Watchers on the Wall, claims that Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have played a scene where they battle next to each other once more and probably assume the undead . It is a nice juicy scene to look forward to those who send the fierce couple – but what does that mean to poor Tormund?
In an interview at the Cannes Cannes Film Festival, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) revealed that the scripts were only given to the cast digitally and that they themselves were removed after a certain period of time. So no hawking these things on eBay, people. Coster-Waldau also revealed that he thinks the show ends "the right way" and "on their own terms". He says that history is a complete story from season 1 to end, "and that's sensible." What happens to GOT spin-offs?
Coster-Waldau also suggested an identified crisis for Jaime during the last season, when his always complex relationship with sister lover Cersei continues to deteriorate. "The core of him has always been Cersei," he told Vanity Fair. "When it is removed, what are you?" What's left? Is there anything left? "
What happens to GOT spin-offs?
George R.R. Martin does not want to call them spinoffs, but HBO works on as many as five "successors show" that take place in the universe of Games of Thrones. Martin has said that the fansbecause all new exhibitions will take place before the time period shown in Game of Thrones. It is not yet known if everyone, or how many, of the programs will actually do it to the air.
In June 2018, the deadline stated that. It is not much known about the actual show, which comes from writer Jane Goldman, known for the Kingsman movie series, like Stardust, Kick-Ass and two X-Men blockbusters. It will be set thousands of years before Game of Thrones, and HBO delivered a rather general plot summary, with the exception of .
"The series violates the world's descent from the golden age of heroes to its darkest hour," revealed the network. "And only one thing is certain: From Westero's history, which is scary to the true origin of the white wanderers, the mysteries from East to Stark Starks are … it's not the story we think we know."
"someone (by the successor shows) may not even be set to Westeros." (An essos-set story would surely be fresh.)
We know what will not be covered: no Robert's Rebellion and no Dunk and Egg. Roberts insurgency refers to Ned Stark, Robert Baratheon and Jon Arryn's rebellion against House Targary, and Dunk and Egg are other Martin figures, a hunter and his squire, who have their own stories that take place a century before the current books. Martin said when he wrote all his stories about Dunk and Egg, he would love them to have a show, and that Roberts Rebellion will be explained in the current box series when (if …) he ends.
This story was first published April 6, 2018 and is updated more often than GRRM publishes.
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