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After more than a year between seasons, HBO's Game of Thrones has finally returned. And, thankfully, the latest season hasn't wasted any time answering some of the biggest question we had from season 7.
If you're a Game of Thrones fan, your patience will be rewarded you'll finally know who ends up on the iron throne. The bad news is this journey is finally coming to an end.
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May 15, 2019 - Game of Thrones series finale photos show the rise of a new ruler
It's all come down to this: the series finale of Game of Thrones. With just a few days until we find out who ends up on the Iron Throne, HBO has released new photos teasing the series finale.
Only two photos have been released thus far—one of Dany looking at the destruction of King's Landing and another of Tyrion looking rather somber. That's not snow you see in the photo of Dany; that's ash, helping to reinforce just how appalling Dany's actions were in the previous episode.
Dany went against Tyrion's wishes in the previous episode, which could be the reason behind his melancholy mood.
It'll be bittersweet to watch the series come to an end. But it'll be nice to see the tale finally come to an end.
May 8, 2019 - Game of Thrones teases epic showdown at King's Landing in new photos
The war against the Night King and his army of the undead might be over, but there's one last epic showdown to come. HBO on Wednesday released images teasing a war at King's Landing, where Daenerys and her armies have landing to stake her claim to the Iron Throne.
Of course, if you watched the most recent episode, you know that Daenerys wasn't received warmly by Cersei, who demonstrated her power for all to see. Episode 5 is the penultimate episode for the show's final season, and it looks like it's going to be a big one.
May 2, 2019 - Kit Harington was not too happy he was on a dragon for The Long Night
With episode 3 of season 8 of Game of Thrones in the rearview mirror, it's time to look ahead at episode 4. There has been a lot of reaction to The Long Night, and deservedly so. It was one of the most epic hours in television history, but it did feel somewhat anti-climactic give how easily the Night King went down. However, even though we felt somewhat let down, Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, also felt cheated because he was on a dragon for most of the episode.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harington opened up about the experience of shooting The Long Night. He lamented the fact that he wasn't on the battlefield to shoot those scenes, instead relegated to a studio where the dragon scenes are shot because dragons don't actually exist in our world (unfortunately).
I was slightly pissed off I was on a dragon, it stops me from fighting in a crowd. It's going to look cool but I wanted, in some ways — just as Jon does — to get back down on the ground. The fact he can fly a dragon means he has to but his place is down there amongst the sword swingers. But that whole episode should be mesmerizing.
After venting, he did say he is looking forward to Sunday's episode because it's a "what comes next" episode. Now that the biggest danger Westeros has ever has been defeated, what happens now?
One of my favorite episodes is 4 because the characters have seemingly got what they needed. The world is safe now. They're celebrating and saying goodbye to lost friends. But as an audience you're going, 'This is only episode 4, something's going to happen.' And that's the cool thing because I think the characters are aware of this as well. There's something twisted and uncomfortable about it. It's so Shakespearian.
It should be interesting to see how the North reacts. With the army of the dead defeated, it's time to get behind Daenerys Targaryen and take down Cersei. That is easier said than done. As the first two episodes established, there is great division among the Daenerys and the North and that didn't go away. With the Night King out of the way, those issues will come to the forefront once again and it should be entertaining.
Episode 4 is another supersized episode at nearly 80 minutes long and is directed by David Nutter, who helmed the first two episodes.
May 1, 2019 - HBO releases new images from episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 8
HBO has released a fresh batch of photos from episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 8, which will show the aftermath of The Long Night.
In the most recent episode—you can read our recap right here—the Night King and his army of White Walkers arrived at Winterfell, and not everyone survived.
Now that the battle against the Army of the Dead has been won, what's the next move for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen? The two have yet to fully address the bombshell news about Jon's lineage.
Judging by the photos, episode 4 will likely be setup for another battle at King's Landing, as Cersei and Daenerys vie for the Iron Throne.
April 24, 2019 - HBO releases new images from episode 3 of Game of Thrones season 8
The Army of the Dead is knocking on Winterfell's door in new images from the final season of Game of Thrones, which teases an epic battle in the North.
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, episode 3 is expected to feature a battle that rivals what we saw in Battle of the Bastards, which stands out as the series' best. The episode will clock in at 82 minutes, which is about as long as many Hollywood movies.
Whereas the previous episode was all about gearing up for the big fight, these photos show the characters staring down death. Nobody is safe at this point, not even Jon Snow, judging by the frightened look on his face.
And although Varys and Tyrion look cozy in the depths of Winterfell's crypts, the arrival of the Night King might have something to say about that.
The night is dark and full of terrors, and we'll find out just how terrible things will get when the next episode airs on Sunday, April 28.
April 17, 2019 - Check out 14 images from episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 8
HBO has released 14 images from the second episode of Game of Thrones season 8. The images aren't particularly noteworthy, though the one of Jaime Lannister standing in front of Daenerys teases a tantalizing showdown.
The images should tide fans over before the second episode airs this Sunday, April 21. If you aren't caught up with the latest happenings around Westeros, check out our recap of Games of Thrones season 8 episode 1.
April 15, 2019 - HBO releases 21 images of the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere
Last night the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premiered and boy was it something else. We won't recap it here, but we have recapped the episode in our weekly season 8 breakdown. What we will check out is the 21 images HBO released from the premiere. Before we continue, the images contain major spoilers.
A lot happened in the episode and the images perfectly capture a lot of those events such as Jon Snow riding a dragon for the first time and Tormund and crew exploring the empty Last Hearth castle only to be horrified by the White Walker's limb-laden symbol.
April 1, 2019 - Game of Thrones new teaser sets the stage for the Great War
The stage is set for the Great War of Westeros. HBO dropped the latest promo teaser for Game of Thrones season 8 and it is making one thing clear: survival is of the essence. There are a few important caveats to gleam from the short, 40-second trailer as it gives us some brand new footage we didn't get from the trailer last month.
First, we finally see Jon Snow and Arya meet under the Winterfell weirwood tree for the first time since episode two of the series. Their two storylines took them in drastically different routes, but now the two are finally reuniting.
Then we get some more footage before a very intriguing scene that shows Daenerys Targaryen sitting in a room as a person comes up behind. It's hard to see who it is as they are not the focus of the shot, but my guess is that it is Jorah Mormont. She does seem hyper focused and even sad in this scene.
Then the trailer continues to establish the fact that Jaime Lannister is going to arrive in Winterfell and help Jon and Daenerys in the fight against the army of the dead. He utters a line in voice over that sounds as if he is saying it directly to them when he first arrives.
"This goes beyond loyalty," says Jaime. "This is about survival."
After this, we get a lot of quick shots of the final battle against the Night King and his army of the dead. As you can guess, it is going to be a very bleak affair. Jaime is screaming in front of a fiery backdrop and Arya is running in a panic. It's a quick but satisfying teaser.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres April 14.
March 27, 2019 - Game of Thrones season 8 documentary to air after series finale
To commemorate the momentous occasion the Game of Thrones series finale will be, HBO commissioned a two-hour documentary to look back the the final season of the iconic series.
Titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, the documentary is directed by Jeanie Finlay according to Entertainment Weekly. Here's HBO's official synopsis of the documentary:
"It delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland…Much more than a 'making of' documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world —and then have to say goodbye to it."
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will air May 26, one week after the series finale.
March 15, 2019 - Game of Thrones Season 8 episode runtimes and airdates revealed
We only have a few more weeks to go before Games of Thrones Season 8 debuts. To prepare fans for the show's return, HBO has revealed the airdates and runtimes for the upcoming episodes, which begin airing on April 14.
As previously confirmed, there will only be six episodes in the final season, though these episodes are going to be long. In fact, many of these episodes are nearly the length of Hollywood movies.
Below is the full list of airdates and runtimes. The final episode is set to air on May 19.
Season 8, episode 1
Airdate: Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 8, episode 2
Airdate: Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 8, episode 3
Airdate: Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 8, episode 4
Airdate: Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 8, episode 5
Airdate: Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 8, episode 6
Airdate: Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
March 5, 2019 – The official season 8 trailer is here, and it's everything we hoped for
The long awaited trailer for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is here and it is a pulse pounding run for your life.
The Night King and his army of the dead are making their way to Winterfell to begin their conquest of Westeros. Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the rest of the heroes are ready to take on the new threat, but it's not without an ominous tone being set. We already know this won't be the happiest of endings, and if the trailer is any indication, it might even be a bleak affair.
We get some amazing shots of the dragons flying through the snowy land of the north. We're not sure if this is in the Winterfell expanse or beyond the wall. We also see some of the key characters come together as Jon Snow returns to Winterfell and Jaime Lannister is ready to fight for the living. Something tells us we won't be disappointed.
March 4, 2019 – Check out 20 new portrait shots of each character in season 8
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is solely focused on the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones. There's plenty of juicy details about the upcoming season and the most intriguing part of it is the 20 new character portrait shots the issues contain. From Jon Snow cozying up with Daenerys Targaryen to the return of Melisandre, each provides a new look at the major players in season 8.
Additionally the new issues comes with in various new covers that each highlight a specific character. Most of them are expected like the one of Daenerys and Jon Snow, but the one that catches the eye the most is that of the Night King. Winter is indeed coming.
February 24, 2019 – New teaser features Arya and Drogon
HBO has kept new details regarding Game of Thrones season 8, but slowly we are getting new info. The latest teaser comes from HBO's 2019 sizzle teaser that highlight all of the new content coming out in 2019, including the final season for Game of Thrones. In it, we see the Unsullied and more importantly, Drogon, arrive at Winterfell where Arya sees the majestic dragon for the first time.
Unlike the rest of Winterfell resident that are scared of the Drogon, Arya seems to be overjoyed to see him. As we've learned in the past, Arya is an admirer of the Targaryen house, which likely means she'll hit it off with Daenerys and Drogon right off the bat.
We anticipate the teaser to be part of the first episode of season 8 as last we saw Daenerys, Jon Snow and Drogon, they were on their way to Winterfell at the end of season 7.
All the big details
Game of Thrones Season 8 release date
Game of Thrones Season 8 will debut on Sunday, April 14. Fans can expect the show's final episode to air on Sunday, May 19.
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Game of Thrones Season 8 will consist of 6 episodes
The past few seasons have gotten shorter and shorter, and season 8 will be the series' shortest yet. As in, "only six episodes" short.
There's still so much story left and hearing that there are six more episodes means Game of Thrones will be over before we know it. However, there is some good news.
Although HBO will only release six episodes, the episodes will be very long. We're talking the length of a feature film. Some episodes will be as short as 60 minutes while others will be almost an hour and a half. So, even with a shortened season, fans will still get plenty of action and story beats before the final episode is over.
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode reviews
Catch up the latest season of Game of Thrones with our episode recaps.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 5
The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones was truly shocking in more ways than one. We're still left feeling a bit stunned by what happened and will probably need a few weeks before we can recover.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 4
What initially looked like a boring episode (based on the teaser) turned out to be pretty good. Although we have a lot of issues with how The Last of the Starks played out, it was still engaging for a lot of reasons.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 3
The third episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired on April 28 and featured one of the series' biggest battles ever. The episode featured a number of notable deaths, plus plenty of darkness.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 2
The second episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired on April 21 and it slowed things down considerably this time around. While the plot moved forward as Winterfell prepared for a war with the Night King, we didn't get nearly as many reveals.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 1
The first episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired on April 14 and it wasted no time answering some big questions about Jon Snow and some of the other dangling threads. It wasn't the most exciting episode, but it set the table for some major things to come.
Game of Thrones recap
I don't blame you if you don't want to watch the previous seven seasons of Game of Thrones, as there's a lot of content to watch. Binging all of those episodes would be a feat only elite athletes and committed couch potatoes could endure.
If you are starting fresh with season 8, you only need to know a few things. Basically, the show has been building toward a big war between the Night King and his undead army and the rest of the world. In the meantime, there's also been a war for the Iron Throne, with various dynasties creating alliances to take control.
Currently, Cersei Lannister rules the Iron Throne. Daenarys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), otherwise known as Mother of Dragons, believes herself to be the rightful heir to that throne. However, Jon Snow is secretly the true heir, further complicating matters.
Games of Thrones Season 8 cast
There are still dozens and dozens of people alive, but audiences really only need to know about half of them, because they're more crucial to the overarching war against the undead.
For all intents and purposes, there are three "teams" right now consisting of rulers, warriors, brothers, sisters, and everything in between.
Here are characters who will be very important in season 8:
- Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
- Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
- Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
- Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
- Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
- Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham)
- Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)
- Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)
- Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
- Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
- Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
- Varys (Conleth Hill)
- Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
- The Hound (Rory McCann)
- The Mountain (Hafþór Björnsson)
- Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
- Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson)
- Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek)
- Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
- Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
- Gilly (Hannah Murray)
Jon will finally learn true parentage
The audience knowns Jon Snow's dirty secret, but he doesn't. And when he finally does learn who his real parents are, it's going to be very awkward now that he's becoming romantically involved with Daenerys.
Back in season 7, we finally learned that Jon wasn't the bastard child of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), but the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding).
Complicating matters is the fact that Rhaegar married Lyanna in secret, which not only means Jon isn't a bastard, but that he's the true heir to the Iron Throne. A few characters in Game of Thrones know Jon's true parentage, and it's only a matter of time before he finds out.
Now the question becomes: What will Jon Snow do once he finds out who he really is? The initial shock will no doubt give way to tension between him and Daenerys (his aunt and current girlfriend), who believes that she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will feature a massive battle
Game of Thrones has been slowly building to the Great War, which means fans can expect a pretty fantastic battle to unfold when it finally happens. Apparently, season 8's epic clash will make the Battle of the Bastards look tame by comparison.
Imagine season 8's battle like the one between the Avengers and Thanos, which was teased for several years before blowing the minds of viewers across the world. The Night King and his undead army have been marching toward Winterfell for several seasons now, and we'll finally see the living fight the dead.
For context, season six's Battle of the Bastards took an astonishing 25 days to film, and we all know how that turned out. HBO set a high bar with that battle, but we have confidence the show will leap that bar once the Night King arrives with his zombie dragon.
Get ready for the Cleganebowl
Another battle we're looking forward to seeing will be between brothers Sandor "The Hound" Clegane and Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane. Fans already got a brief taste of this battle during season seven's finale, when The Hound had a stare down with his brother during the Dragonpit meeting in King's landing.
While we have no confirmation a battle between the two brothers will take place, there's a good chance HBO will grant the wish of fans everywhere. The Mountain has tormented his brother—he burned The Hound's face when they were kids—and it's finally time for The Hound to get his revenge.
That being said, would revenge be a satisfying conclusion to The Hound's arc? He has gone from deranged warrior to more contemplative protector. The Mountain, meanwhile, isn't even technically a person anymore after being turned into a Frankenstein-like monster.
Cersei will (probably) die, but how?
This is a big one. It's all but confirmed that Cersei will die in the final season. As the series' most despised character, she definitely has it coming. But how she'll die is the question everyone wants answered.
One of the more popular theories believes that it will be Jaime who is Cersei's downfall. If you're a longtime Game of Thrones fan, hearing that Jaime might kill Cersei is shocking, but it also makes a lot of sense considering everything that's happened over the past few seasons.
In the show, a witch actually told a young Cersei that she would be killed by the "volanqar," which roughly translates to little brother in High Valyrian. As it turns out, Jaime is Cersei's little brother.
When the show started, Cersei and Jaime were inseparable. But now that Cersei has turned into the Mad Queen, Jaime might have no choice but to be the one who finally takes her down.
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