Game of Thrones season 8

Games of Thrones season 8

Game of Thrones season 8


Games of Thrones season 8 one unconditional guarantee is the absolute spectacle that awaits us. With a handful of feature-length episodes – including the finale at 80 minutes long – it’s safe to say these episodes (which reportedly feature the most complex sequences ever filmed for television) will be the best of the monumental show’s best.

With the first two episodes having finally been broadcast in UK, HBO have released another tantalising – if not terrifying – trailer for the next episode.

Here’s everything we know so far about season 8 of the hit fantasy epic.

When does the next episode of Games of Thrones start?

HBO‘s Game of Thrones returned for its final season on Sunday April 14 in the US and April 15 for us, technically, as it was simulcast at 2am on Sky Atlantic.

What time is episode 3 on TV in the UK next week?

Game of Thrones will air every Sunday on HBO at 9pm Eastern time in America, while UK fans can tune into Sky Atlantic in the early hours of Monday morning at 2am or watch the replay at a more reasonable time of 9pm on Monday night.

You can find out more about how to watch Game of Thrones in the UK in our handy guide.

How many episodes will there be in Game of Thrones season 8?

The eighth season will be the shortest yet; only six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes) and much shorter than the first six seasons of the show (which had 10 episodes each).

How long will each episode be?

While the eighth season will only have six episodes, some of them will be much longer than the one-hour slot they’ve filled in previous seasons. The first couple of episodes, however, have been disappointingly short:

  • Episode 1: 54 minutes
  • Episode 2: 58 minutes
  • Episode 3: 82 minutes
  • Episode 4: 78 minutes
  • Episode 5: 79 minutes
  • Episode 6: 79 minutes

As noted by Winter Is Coming, the first episode was also the only one without an ‘Adult Content’ warning — the calm before the storm, perhaps?

In a crushing blow for Thrones fans, however, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys has hinted there could be another agonising wait between the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of the first spin-off show, saying “you’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season 8 finale.”

What was the budget forGame of Thrones season 8?

Reports suggest season 8 of Game of Thrones cost HBO over $90 million (£69 million) –  making the show the most expensive TV series of all time, even though season 8 has the fewest number of episodes since its inception. With roughly $15 million (£11 million) to spend on each episode, it’s fair to expect dragonsdirewolves and Night King-induced death unlike ever before.

Who is in the cast of the final series?

All the main cast members have returned for the final series – so far. There are still a couple of missing characters from episode one and two that we are yet to see return including Melisandre, the Red Woman.

As this is Game of Thrones, however, we can’t be sure who will survive until the very end. While we’re delighted all our favourite characters survived the first two episodes – we can only feel nervous about what’s to come in episode three.

Game of Thrones season 8  Although it is an ensemble show, the cast’s salaries could indicate which characters will be given the most prominence in the final season: in 2017, Variety reported that five cast members —  Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) — were all being paid $500,000 (roughly £380,000) per episode.

Other returning cast members including Liam Cunningham (Davos), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne). Ghost, Jon Snow’s faithful albino direwolf, has also made a return to the final season.

What happened at the season Game of Thrones 8 premiere?

The cast premiered the first episode of the final season in New York in early April – albeit with some rather strict, Littlefinger-fated allusions for anyone who dared to leak major plot spoilers.

Aside from the epic opener of the new season – including Jon Snow finding out his true identity – the premiere was filled with glamorous outfits and sweet reunions between the cast.

Take a look at the best photos from the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere here.

What did the new trailer reveal about episode three?

Episode two, once again, left us hanging on the edge of our seat as we witnessed the Night King and his White Walker amble towards Winterfell.

While dozens of peasant women, children and, erm, Varys, will be hidden in the Crypts of the castle, every man and his dog (fingers crossed for direwolves) will be battling the army of the dead’s long-awaited descent, presumably now with zombie dragon.

In the season 8 episode 3 trailer we see Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen and newly-knighted Brienne of Tarth assembling their troops for one of the most important sequences in the fantasy epic’s history. All looking a little more Realms Threap than Helm’s Deep.

In some dark and flashing clips, we also see what appears to be a male figure riding a dragon through a cold storm (likely Jon riding Rhaegal, as there is no icy blue undead Viserion eye) as well as Beric and The Hound shrouded in ominous darkness.

Who is directing season Game of Thrones 8?

Collider revealed David Nutter (who directed the infamous Red Wedding episode, The Rains of Castamere) will be directing episodes one, two and four. Miguel Sapochnik, who’s become known for action-heavy episodes such as Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards, will be directing episodes three and five. Showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff will co-direct the sixth and final episode of the show.

Who has written season Game of Thrones 8?

The final series will keep the show’s four-man writing team of DB Weiss, David Benioff, Dave Hill and Brian Cogman. Although George RR Martin was a guest writer for a few episodes in the show’s first four seasons, he will not return for season eight.

Hill wrote the season premiere, Cogman wrote the second episode, and Benioff and Weiss have shared the remaining four episodes between them.

Where can I watch Season Game of Thrones 8?

Season 8 of Game of Thrones airs weekly on Sky and NOW TV.

If you want to catch up on seasons 1-8 while you wait for episode 3, you can watch it on NOW TV from today – and here’s a 7 day free Entertainment Pass trial.

Find out everything you need to know about watching Game of Thrones in the UK here.

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What will happen in Season Game of Thrones 8?

After episode two, we still have SO many questions about season eight.

Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Could Cersei – or Daenerys – really kill Jaime Lannister? Will the Night King and his White Walkers and Ice Dragon rule Westeros?

Game of Thrones season 8  Our best hope would be a leaked script or two and, according to Entertainment Weekly, showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff were already writing scripts for the final season during post-production on season seven. It’s not impossible, despite HBO’s careful attempts to keep things under wraps.

In November 2016 an anonymous Reddit user leaked details of the entire plot of season seven in a post which has since proven to be largely accurate (one spoiler, for instance, predicted that Viserionwould be killed and revived by the Night King). If it happened once, it could happen again.

The cast have also dropped hints that the ending will be divisive, to say the least.

“To be able to act out the way that it all ends, it was really satisfying for us,” Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told IGN.

“Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans? I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think.”

Game of Thrones season 8  Further information has been released throughout the slow lead up to the final season. Weiss and Benioff  revealed that season 8 would open with Daenerys and her army arriving in Winterfell – and right she did.

We also know the series’ final major battle episode will be the long-awaited showdown between the Army of the Dead, the various characters and their factions – all of which will take place at Winterfell.

“It’s brutal,” Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, told Entertainment Weekly. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”

Emmy winning director Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the infamous season 6 episode Battle of the Bastards, will direct the episode in question. The final battle reportedly took 55 days to shoot, with Sapochnik spending additional weeks on a sound stage.

Slovak actor Vladimír Furdík, who plays the dreaded Night King, revealed at a convention in Hungary that the epic  battle will also occur much sooner than expected.

Generally, the climactic episode of each Game of Thrones season is the penultimate episode; we’ve seen with episodes The Rains of CastamereBattle of the Bastards and Beyond the Wall.

That won’t be the case for the final season, however; as translated by Mashable, Furdík said “in the third episode of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intended to be a historic moment in television.”

What do fans think will happen in Season Game of Thrones 8?

There have been some particularly inventive fan theories about what to expect from the final series, ranging from the mostly plausible to the downright silly.

Game of Thrones season 8 Some of the more interesting ideas include: that Tyrion Lannister might turn out to be a member of the Targaryen line (as the illegitimate son of Mad King Aerys), that Daenerys will be sacrificed to defeat the White Walkers (based largely on the book’s tales of Azor Ahai), and the idea that Bran Stark will (through a mystical, as-yet-unexplained McGuffin) turn out to be the Night King.

When asked about the latter theory Isaac Hempstead, the actor who plays Bran, told Esquire he thought it “a bit far-fetched… but this is Game of Thrones, and anything is possible.”

How will the final season tie in with George RR Martin’s novels?

The TV series has already overtaken its source, George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The plot of the final series will be based on his notes from the final two unfinished novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Martin has already released several excerpts from The Winds of Winter on his website, suggesting that progress is well under way. In January 2017, he told his fans he expected the book to be published before the end of the year.

While that estimate turned out to be unrealistic, it does suggest he has nearly finished the long-awaited time.

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