The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was confirmed by HBO. Unlike the first six seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, and the seventh which consisted of seven episodes, the eighth season will consist of only six episodes. Like the previous season, it will largely consist of original content currently not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and will also adapt material Martin revealed to showrunners about the upcoming novels in the series. read here
When is Game of Thrones Season 8 release date?
Though there’s been no official word just yet, Game of Thrones Season 8 is currently slated to return in late 2018. TV insiders, The Hollywood Reporter, recently reported that 2019 is more likely right now.
How many episodes will there be in Game of Thrones Season 8?
As confirmed by show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, Game of Thrones Season 8 will feature just six episodes. Though it is likely that each episode will be a feature-length, so anything from 60 mins to 120 minutes.
Will there be any new characters in Game of Thrones Season 8?
The gigantic cast list for the show has been expanding season-on-season since its inception – and yet more are being added for season 8. According to fansite Watchers on the Wall, the first major casting for season 8 has been made for a character called Harry Strickland – who, in the books, is the leader of a mercenary group called The Golden Company.
You may remember in season 7 we learned that Cersei had sent Euron to fetch the Golden Company from over the sea in the eastern land of Essos, to help her conquer Westeros. Fans initially theorised that Daenerys’ old friend Daario Naharis might be leading this group, which might have challenged his allegiances to Cersei – but it looks as though this theory has been scuppered, and Strickland will be a brand-new villain. Strickland is reported to be played by Marc Rissmann (The Last Kingdom, Into The Badlands) after his Thrones character’s name was added to (then deleted from) his CV and his agent’s website. He is expected to appear in two episodes.
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What’s going to happen in Game of Thrones Season 8?
Well, it’s going to be The Great War, isn’t it? The show and book have teased at lengths that the ultimate battle in the show is between the living and the dead – and now that The Night King is through the wall, that showdown is going to come sooner rather than later.
Cersei’s call for a truce between herself, Jon and Daenerys was so convincing that even Jaime fell for it. But it was all a ruse – instead, she’s going to let her rivals deal with the undead threat, while she teams up with Euron and the Golden Company to finish off whoever survives.
“The thing that gave Cersei humanity was her kids,” Lena Headey said back in 2016. “They’re gone now.”