After what feels like years of anticipation, finally the countdown is on for the final season of Game of Thrones.
With the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8 mere weeks away, HBO has released a new collection of character posters featuring each of Westeros’ remaining power players on the Iron Throne. But while no one should have been shocked to see Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow or Sansa Stark spotlighted in the new promotional posters, the reappearance of Melisandre has surprised fans.
When we last saw Melisandre in the third episode of season 7, she informed Varys that she was leaving Dragonstone to travel to Volantis — one of the Free Cities of Essos that is the location of a prominent Red Temple — before making an ominous declaration concerning both their fates. “I will return, dear Spider, one last time,” she said. “I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”
On top of the promotional poster release, HBO confirmed the series official air date earlier this month. Released alongside new footage of the upcoming season, the network confirmed April heralds the highly-anticipated series return.
It was confirmed that Season 8, Episode 1 would air on 14 April 2019.
According to the show’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Bauer, the hit show will be in the running for the 2020 Emmy Awards - meaning the show is likely to miss the cut off for the 2019 Emmys which is May 31, according to The Sun.
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