Winter will once again be here, but we don’t know exactly when. HBO teased the show’s fans with a poster announcing that they are releasing Game of Thrones’ final season in 2019.
The hype of waiting for the season finale started when the shows’ producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed the season’s entire line-up during 2017’s SXSW. They also revealed that they wrote the final four episodes of the show. Unlike previous seasons, season 8 will only have six episodes and will not have the usual episode lengths as before.
The showrunners also revealed the director’s line-up, one of which is Miguel Sapochnik who directed previous record-breaking episodes of the show such as “The Winds of Winter” and “The Battle of the Bastards.” Another confirmed director is David Nutter, the brain behind episodes such as the tragic “The Rains of Castamere,” “The Dance of Dragons,” and “Mother’s Mercy.”
Filming for season eight began last October and started shooting at the Ruins of Italica near Santiponce, Spain. During that time, however, they were only shooting background footages. Regarding delays Casey Bloys, HBO’s boss said that the showrunners take time to ensure the production quality of every episode they will release. He added that “They’re [Benioff and Weiss] perfectionists.”
Some of the cast members also spoke about the coming season. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, said that the ending would not go how people want it. Meanwhile, Maisie Williams who plays Arya labels the last season to be the “ending of an era.” There were criticisms that six episodes are not enough to portray the whole storyline. Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei in the show contended that it will not be a rushed conclusion and that the show’s producers took the exact number of hours to tell the story they want.