Are you excited for the upcoming season 8 of the series Game of Thrones? I’m excited and at the same time, sad. Excited because hellooo? It’s GoT, I mean who wouldn’t be? Yet, despite the excitement, there is also a feeling of being sad. Season 8 will be their final season. Meaning, we won’t be seeing any GoT episodes after season 8. HBO Michael Lombardo had already confirmed it. Unless of course, they will make a movie or anything about the GoT. Despite the rumors and theories all over the internet, we still aren’t that knowledgeable about the upcoming season, but here is what we know about Game of Thrones final season so far.

When is the release date of Game of Thrones season 8?

According to the official statement of HBO, the final season of Game of Thrones will not be released until next year.

“We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019],” Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Starks said during an interview with Metro. “That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season .at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.”

So, there is no exact premiere date for Game of Thrones season 8 yet. What we only know so far is that it will be on released anytime soon on April 2019.

Who will direct the final season?

According to Mashable, the final season will be handled by four directors: David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss. The four directors had already directed some of the episodes of the previous seasons. David Nutter, who directed two episodes during season 2: “The Old Gods and the New” and “A Man Without Honor,” had also directed the two final episodes of season 3: “The Rains of Castamere” which is also known as the “Red Wedding” and “Mhysa.” Aside from that, he was also able to direct the two final episodes of season 5 which are “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy.” Miguel Sapochnik first directed GoT in season 5’s “The Gift” and “Hardhome”; followed by two episodes of season 6: “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” Season 3’s “Walk of Punishment” was directed by David Benioff and season 4’s premiere “Two Swords” by D.B Weiss.

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How many episodes will there be in season 8?

The final season of GoT will have the shortest episode next to season 7. Season 7 only had seven episodes, which means, the final season will only have six episodes. However, each episode will be longer than the usual.

Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming said, “Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”. During an interview with Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos to TV Guide, he said “[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 ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

Although it is going to be six episodes long, we shouldn’t be worried because as what they have said, each episode will be longer than the usual. Some may be a feature-length episode.

Each episode will cost $15 million according to the report of the Variety with a final budget of $90 million.
To avoid spoilers like last time, they are planning to film multiple endings. Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in GoT (as well as Louisa Clark in Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You), confirmed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “I think they’re filming a bunch of stuff and they’re not telling us […] I think that they don’t even trust us [actors],” she said. “There are lots of different endings that could happen; I think we’re doing all of them and we aren’t being told which is actually what’s going to happen,” she added.

“I know Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” he said. “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,” Bloys said in an interview with The Morning Callin.

Aside from those multiple endings they are saying, the cast members were not given scripts for the episode. Instead, they were fed lines through an earpiece to avoid leaks.

We will surely expect that Game of Thrones’ Season 8 is going to be epic! As what Jonathan Quinlan, assistant director posted on social media, and was later deleted, it says:

This is for the Night Dragons.

For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep shit of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne.

When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won’t know how hard you worked. They won’t care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures.

They’ll just understand that they’re watching something that’s never been done before.

And that’s because of you.

Thank you

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