HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is one of the most watched (and illegally downloaded) shows in all of media history, and this last season left off with some fairly high-end cliffhangers. Naturally, fans can’t wait for the next, and final season. Excitement is intensified with the fact that most of the cast is expected to arrive in Belfast (the main shooting location) on the tenth of this month. However, their excitement was met with devastation with the reveal that season eight will not premiere until 2019. That’s a long ways off, so to appease the mind for now, here’s what we know so far.
First off, some of the cast attended the New York Comic-Con this past weekend. Among them was Thrones actor Liam Cunningham (he stars as the modestly brought up Ser Davos Seaworth) who was able to provide updates about the season eight filming schedule. “We’re doing the first table read on Sunday for the first three episodes, second table reading on Monday,” he revealed. “Then we start rehearsals, then we start shooting.” It may not air until 2019, but rest assured there’s a set date. No dawdling, as filming will begin later this month.
Unfortunately for viewers, it has been confirmed that, following the known Game of Thrones style, the final season will not be all sunshine and daisies for the remaining characters. In fact, the writers have promised to make up for the lack of gore present in season seven. In an interview with Deadline, he discussed the season seven finale, and the possibilities of the final season. Of the latter subject, he is expecting heavy casualties, saying, “and the thing is, with so few characters left, [the viewers] should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”
Sheesh. If that doesn’t spur excitement for the show’s final season, then nothing will. It seems viewers had best stock up on tissues and pray to the Gods for the safety of their favorite characters, because Ned Stark has kept good on his words: winter is here.