Friday, March 1, 2019

Game of Thrones Season 8 official news, epsiodes, live online options, time and updates

With Season 8 on the horizon, winter's almost over for Game of Thrones. Bummer, we know. But that means someone's finally going to win -- drumroll, please -- the game of thrones, right? Like Jon? Or The Night King? Or some weird incest baby? Hopefully! Below, we're compiling (and updating) everything we know about the HBO hit's final season. Let's do this.

The final season will premiere in April 2019

April 14, to be exact. Fans have waited patiently for nearly a year and a half after the Season 7 finale back at the end of August 2017 for news of Season 8's arrival. A dramatic preview trailer, released in November 2018, revealed that HBO would return in April 2019, although no new footage was unveiled at this time. A frustratingly withholding promo teaser arrived in December (see below), and a brief scene of actual footage of Daenerys arriving at Winterfell and Sansa saying "Winterfell is yours, your grace" came along during the Golden Globes in early January. But it wasn't until the lead up to the premiere of True Detective Season 3 on January 13 that we learned the big date: April 14, 2019.

Since Season 8 will have six episodes total, this would seem to indicate that the final episode will air May 19. Obviously, clear your calendar!

What else happens in the official teaser?

HBO alerted us that it'd be revealing the premiere date a few days ahead of True Detective Season 3 by posting a dorky fake text exchange on Twitter. On Sunday, they dropped the "official tease," a 1:46 promo directed by David Nutter titled "The Crypts of Winterfell." Before it ultimately delivers on the date announcement, we see Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark walking through the crypts under Winterfell, as voices from their past -- Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark, and Catelyn Stark, to be exact -- speak to them. And then they stop in front of three other statues resembling themselves before the crypt chills and the familiar frost of the White Walkers crackles ominously.

Season 8 will only have six episodes

As far back as April 2016, Benioff and Weiss teased plans for a shorter final season. In an effort to manage the added pressure of creating more original content (the show has far outpaced author George R. R. Martin's source material), the showrunners divvied up GoT's final lap with seven episodes for Season 7 and six for 8. That way they could keep their standards high and deliver quality episodes for fans... and, let's be real, build hype to LeBron-James-in-high-school levels. Viewers can watch  Game of thrones season 8 live stream will be available ogn official website of HBO.

What else has the cast said about the new season?
They're all predictably cryptic -- and on social media bans -- but stoked as hell. Headey said it's "bigger and better than ever." Said Turner: "This season is more a passionate fight for [Sansa] than a political, manipulative kind of fight.... When we all had the read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional." Cunningham added, "[The scripts are] just, 'Oohs,' and, 'Ahhs.' It is as it was in the past, it is just beautiful storytelling. Huge surprises. Wonderful stuff. I can safely say it will be a fantastic, fantastic finish to this incredible story."

And former star Jason Momoa, after (accidentally) learning some secrets as part of a recent set visit, upped the ante even higher: "It's going to be the greatest thing that's ever aired on TV. It's going to be unbelievable. It's going to fuck up a lot of people." Sounds good.
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