I bet this is a lingering question in every Game of Thrones (GOT) fans mind. The winter has come finally, but who will win the Game of Thrones?
It seems like the whole world is waiting for Game of Thrones Season 8 which is the most awaited season by all the GOT fans around the world. There were 10 episodes each for the first 6 seasons, however, the 7th season aired only 7 episodes. So, how many episodes will be there in Game of Thrones final season? Let us find out all you need to know about GOT season 8.
#1 Winter Has Come
I am sure we all have heard Winter is coming as the repetitive phrase throughout the Game of Thrones series (even if you haven’t watched the series). In fact, first episode of the season 1 was named as Winter is coming. This phrase is the motto of the House of Stark.
Throughout the seasons, the Starks along with others face many hardships. Sansa is brought back to Winterfell, but not in a true way that it has to be. Jon goes to the wall. But still, one thing remained constant i.e. the motto, Winter is Coming.
In the season 7, finally, the Starks are together. The Starks recapture what was theirs. Finally, the North is Starks. That is when Sansa said to Jon, ‘Winter has come’. The phrase said by Sansa can have more than one meaning. One is the literal meaning that the winter has come (its snowing) and the other is metaphorical meaning that the Winter i.e. Starks has come.
The moment was not only emotional but also historical. We saw Jon cracking a joke and Sansa smiling as she watched Jon. Her smile has lot more to say than just acknowledge Jon Snow. As she smiled, she remembered of all the good times in the past and sees a promising future. But is Sansa really out of danger after the death of Littlefinger? Well, we would have to just wait for the Game of Thrones Season 8’s air date to find out.
#2 Number of Episodes
The co-creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff, and D. B. Weiss, had mentioned earlier that GOT seasons 7 and 8 will have fewer episodes. While GOT season 1 to 6 had 10 episodes each, GOT season 7 only had 7 episodes! So, how many episodes will GOT season 8 have?
Well, the answer is 6. Though a sad news for all the GOT fans but there is also one good news. The season 8 episodes have no upper cap on the length of episodes. So, we might just see episodes that are longer than an hour.
But have you wondered why the number of episodes were reduced? According to D. B. Weiss, in order to meet the viewer’s expectations (in terms of special effects and other aspects), they are not able to direct episodes. In Weiss’ words, “It’s crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule.”
#3 Game of Thrones Season 8 Air Date
The wait for the Game of Thrones season 8 air date is going to be looong. As of now, it is official that Game of Thrones Season 8 will air in the year 2019. But exactly when?
In an interview, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) had suggested the month of release to be April 2019. The latest speculation about the Game of Thrones season 8 air date is April 11, 2019. Unfortunately, Williams has denied this date on her Twitter, “completely false and taken from an interview I did years ago”.
According to Benioff, there has been a lot of back and forth on the dates, hence they cannot be sure of Game of Thrones final season’s air date.
#4 Main cast
Game of Thrones series is famous for killing our favorite characters. With Ned Stark and many more gone, let us have a look at the cast of the final season.
It is confirmed that Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) will certainly be there in Season 8. Her brothers, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will return in season 8 as well. In season 7, we saw Jaimme heading somewhere to keep his word. Let us see if he is headed towards Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) or Kit Harington (Jon Snow).
Further, we will also see return of, Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).
The supporting cast that will make its return is are Ben Crompton (Eddison Tollett), Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Gregor Clegane), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Rupert Vansittart (Yohn Royce), Marc Rissmann (Harry Strickland) and Seamus O’Hara (Fergus).
We also see entry of some new characters. These are going to be a Northern girl, boy, northern farmer, sassy and attractive girl, northern sentry, sailor, guard 1 and guard 2.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
#5 Let us have a look at the Crew
Now that we know who will be there in the season 8, let’s have a look at the crew.
D. B. Weiss and David Benioff will be the executive producers and creators of the season 8 as well. David Nutter will be the director of the first, second and third episodes. Miguel Sapochnik will direct the fourth and fifth episode. Benioff and Weiss together will direct the final and the sixth episode.
In season 5 we had witnessed Miguel Sapochnik’s direction in the episodes ‘The Gift’ and ‘Hardhome’, and in season 6, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘The Winds of Winter’. While David Nutter had directed 2 episodes on season 2, 3 and 5. The most famous scene of his direction is ‘The Red Wedding’ from the episode ‘The Rains of Castamere’.
There would be no new writers. Dave Hill will write the episode 1 and Bryan Cogman episode 2. The rest of the episodes will be written by the show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
#6 Multiple Ending
What about the leaks? There are so many leaks due to the huge fan-following, that there needs to be a fool-proof plan in place. So, what is it? It is said that this finale can even have multiple endings. In short, the directors will film multiple endings. Even if you get the spoiler video, you just can’t be sure whether it is the ending.
We are sure, now, since you know that Game of Thrones season 8 won’t be returning anytime soon, it is time to re-watch the older episodes. Watch all the episodes on Hotstar.
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