After what feels like years of anticipation, finally, the countdown is on for the final season of Game of Thrones. Below, everything we know so far about the last season of GoT.
The First Teaser Trailer Is Here
With the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8 mere weeks away, HBO has released the first full-length trailer. Fans are given a full two minutes of glorious footage, with appearances from Arya Stark, Sansa and Tyrion and Cersei. Jon Snow and Daenerys also make their presence known.
HBO has 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.
A Controversial Character May Be Returning
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.”
The Budget Is $15 Million Per Episode
The final season could be the most expensive season of Game of Thrones with a budget of $15 million per episode. Compare that to the show's previous expenses: Season 2 reportedly cost $6 million per episode, and Season 6 apparently cost $10 million per episode. Moreover, while episodes have traditionally been an hour long, the ones in Season 8 are clocking in at 80 minutes or more. One thing is certain: GoT’s final season is gonna be insane!
Jon Snow Will Learn His True Parentage
As a reminder, Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark in the season seven’s final episode have both confirmed that Jon Snow is, in fact, the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen. While this revelation makes Jon the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, it also makes Daenerys Targaryen - his new lover - his aunt.
Jon And Daenerys Will Head To Winterfell
The last time we saw Jon and Daenerys, they were sailing north. We expect that their eventual arrival in Winterfell will cause some troubles. How Sansa and Arya would respond to the fact that Jon has bent the knee to a woman they have never met, let alone a Targaryen, without consulting anyone? And, lest we forget, the fact that Bran and Samwell resolved to inform Jon that he's a Targaryen when returns to Winterfell. This news will inevitably, if not separate them, will create real problems.
There’s *Another* Secret Targaryen
It turns out, Jon Snow isn't the only undercover Targaryen kicking around Westeros. That's right, there's yet another character who has a claim to the throne: Gendy, the blacksmith and bastard son of Robert Baratheon. Gendry is not just Robert's only living son, he's also cousin to both Jon and Daenerys. It's also rumoured that his mum is Cersei Lannister, which, if true, would mean he has the blood of three of the most powerful houses there is.
Jaime And Cersei Lannister Will Go From Lovers To Enemies
In season seven, Cersei revealed her intentions to betray her commitment to Daenerys and Jon as long as it means her own survival. Jaime instinctively knows this is wrong, and finally decided to walk away from his sister.
It would appear that Jaime is now switching sides. We expect to see him on the side of the heroes during the final season. We also believe this “breakup” had to happen imminently in order to set up the stage for the Valonqar prophecy – the prophecy comes from Maggy the Frog, the fortune teller in a season five flashback, who tells a young Cersei predictions about her future, all of which have proven to be accurate so far – So maybe Jaime could be the one to take Cersei's life next season.
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