Life will have meaning once again as HBO has announced the release of the 8th season of Game Of Thrones. The blockbuster fantasy period-drama will premiere in April 2019 after much speculation. GoT fans can finally say one thing for sure: “Winter is coming.”
HBO also released a teaser video on its social media platforms. However, the video does not contain any new scenes and is only a compilation of important events that have taken place in the past. The release month is revealed at the end of the video. The video got over 1.5 million likes in just under 10 hours on Instagram alone.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 13, 2018
Sharing it, HBO wrote, “Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone.” The makers have taken such precautions to not disclose anything that it feels like they are guarding a treasure. This completely makes sense considering the worldwide hype about the show. HBO has also started the marketing campaign for the final season with almost 150 creatives put up across Grand Central Station, New York.
Reports suggest that the final season will have only 6 episodes as compared to 10 episodes in the previous seasons. However, it is said that each episode might be 80 minutes long. It took the cast and crew 10 months to shoot this season with everything getting pretty intense for the last and final season. “When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes,” said Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos. “So we’re doing way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”
The theme of the last episode has been described as characters coming together to defeat a common enemy. “It’s an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what (author George R.R. Martin) set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head,” he added.
Moreover, this might just not be the end of the fantasy series. HBO has given a pilot order for a prequel of the series. This would probably set thousands of years before the Game of Thrones era.
By Abhishek Aggarwal