Game Of Thrones season 8: everything we know so far

Including the release date, the cast and much, much more

Game Of Thrones season 8 release date

We finally have a release date! This tweet reveals that we’ll be seeing Game Of Thronesseason 8 in April 2019! 

There it is at the end!

Ages and ages ago HBO confirmed in an official statement that Game Of Thronesseason 8 would indeed not be with us until 2019.

The statement read: “The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.

“David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

“The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.”

We kinda already knew this because Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark confirmed to Variety that the eighth and final season of GOT won’t air until 2019 but we were hoping she might have got her wires crossed or summat. She said: “I’m really excited. Game Of Thrones comes out in 2019.” She added that HBO’s hit series still has “six or seven months left” of production, before joking, “we started in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through.”

Sophie Turner just confirmed Game Of Thrones season 8 won't air until 2019

Game Of Thrones season 8 poster

Hooray! Here’s our first – albeit tiny – look at season 8!

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Game Of Thrones season 8 first look

On 27th August we got our very first look at Game Of Thrones season 8 in the shape of this HBO trailer. Check it out!

And then Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) were looking rather regal in a glimpse from season 8 on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. And, er, they don’t *really* look any different. BUT, in the interview to accompany the first look, executive producer Bryan Cogman teased:

“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death.

“It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season and I think it honours very much what [author George RR Martin] set out to do – which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”

How many episodes will there be in Game Of Thronesseason 8?

We’ve been told by the showrunners that Game Of Thrones season 8 will be another short one. We’re looking at six episodes.

How long will the episodes be in Game Of Thronesseason 8?

Okay, so we’re getting fewer episodes, but they will be longer. It’s looking like instead of an hour for each episode, season 8 could boast 80-minute episodes. And there may even be feature-length episodes.

“Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?” HBO’s Casey Bloys said.

And Liam Cunninghma, who play Ser Davos, revealed in October to TV Guide: “[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer.

“We’re filming right up until the summer.

“When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

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Has the script for Game Of Thrones season 8 been written?

Yes. Yes it has. HBO’s Casey confirmed this in 2017, but, of course, everyone’s keeping tight-lipped about what will actually happen in the final season.

Will Games of Thrones season 8 be the final season?

Sadly yes. The president of programming at HBO Michael Lombardo has previously said Game Of Thrones would end after eight seasons.

“David and Dan are feeling there’s probably two more years after season six, that’s what we’re looking at right now,” he said in January before season 7 aired.

And in June last year, HBO’s Casey said: The showrunners have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. If I could get them to do more I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they [need] to make the best version of their show.”

Game Of Thrones season 8 cast

Right now, we don’t know for sure who will be back for season 8, but we sure as hell know who won’t … (RIP).

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