The beginning of the end is here, and we’ve got our first official look at what’s in store, as Game of Thrones Season 8 draws closer.
The first proper teaser for the season landed this morning, giving us an actual look at some Season 8 footage, as the Stark family prepare to come face to face with their heritage – and also some chilling forces from beyond the wall…
The video also reveals when the series’ ultimate run will premiere: the Season 8 UK air date is Monday 15th April. In the UK, it will debut on Sky Atlantic at 2am, the same time as its US broadcast, before being repeated at 9pm – and those without Sky will be able to stream it legally on NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription.
Here’s the video:
New Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer teases fire and ice
7th December 2018
A new trailer has landed online for Game of Thrones Season 8 and it’s setting the tone firmly to ominous, as we brace for the final clash of fire and ice.
Those wanting concrete glimpses of what’s in store should be warned in advance: this teaser does not contain any actual footage of Season 8, but it does playfully hint at what might unfold in the last ever season of HBO’s fantasy epic. The teaser sees ice whip across the Westeros map, engulfing a wolf statue and a dragon figure, before flames race over the other half of the map, consuming a lion. Is it a hint at the White Walkers invading Winterfell early on and taking down some of the Stark family? Or a cryptic nod to Cersei’s own undoing at the hands of wildfire? Or a game played by HBO, which is no stranger to whipping up audiences into a frenzied anticipation?
Either way, the days when fans can speculate wildly about the possible meanings of the smallest of details are drawing to a close, so watch the trailer below and enjoy letting your imagination go crazy for 50 seconds.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will have an April 2019 release date on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Read on below the trailer for more details of what’s in store:
Game of Thrones Season 8: First details and image revealed
2nd November 2018
Winter is coming, which, of course, means that it’s time to start talking Game of Thrones. No, not the Donald Trump tweet that attempts to cash in on the affection fans have for HBO’s fantasy epic, but Season 8 of the show, which arrives in summer 2019. The final ever season of the series, it’s safe to say that its return is highly anticipated, and now, we have our first hints what’s in store, thanks to a cover feature and preview from EW.
Season 8, EW reports, will open at Winterfell, with lots of nods back to the very first episode of the saga. Back when that was made, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had apparently lied to HBO about the project they pitched..
“The lie we told is the show is contained and it’s about the characters,” Benioff revealed. Fast forward several years and the duo are preparing for perhaps the biggest spectacle ever made for TV, as all the threads of the story converge to form one gigantic showdown. The result is a shorter Season 8, with a reported cost of $15 million per episode, as HBO made good on their promise to give the show’s makers what they needed to get the job done.
Indeed, instead of King Robert and his entourage arriving at Winterfell, Season 8 will begin with the arrival of Daenerys and her whole army, as characters meet, some for the first time, and the business of bracing for the invasion of the Army of the Dead begins.
“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,” co-EP Bryan Cogman said. “It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honors very much what George set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”
Just how big is this bittersweet climax going to be? One episode will reportedly be “wall-to-wall action”, with Battle of the Bastards director Miguel Sapochnik at the helm.
Indeed, last April, it emerged that Game of Thrones had spent 55 night shoots on a single battle sequence – longer, even, than the 25-day shoot for Season 6’s infamous skirmish. But that was apparently only for the outdoor confrontation at Winterfell, with several weeks of in-studio shooting still taking place after that.
“It’s brutal,” Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) commented. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”
“Having the largest battle doesn’t sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring,” Benioff noted. “Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel’s challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we’ve been building toward this since the very beginning, it’s the living against the dead, and you can’t do that in a 12-minute sequence.”
The cast also gave their reactions to the scripts for the season, with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) racing through her copies. “It was completely overwhelming,” she said. “Afterwards I felt numb, and I had to take a walk for hours.” Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) “completely flipped out” when she was sent the very secure scripts. “Genuinely the effect it had on me was profound,” she described. “That sounds insanely pretentious, but I’m an actor, so I’m allowed one pretentious adjective per season.”
HBO drops first footage from Game of Thrones’ final season
28th August 2018
The first footage from Game of Thrones’ final season has landed online, courtesy of a new promo from HBO.
The cable giant released a promotional video for its upcoming slate for 2019, featuring the Flight of Conchords special (recorded in London this summer), as well as True Detective’s much anticipated third season, starring Mahershala Ali. The most anticipated HBO show of all, though, is, of course Game of Thrones. The fantasy epic, based on the novels by George RR Martin, returns in 2019 for its eighth and final run, promising to wrap the story up once and for all – and probably in the most violent way possible.
The video continues highlight clips from Season 7 but also some brief glimpses of the upcoming run, including Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) embracing. The teaser arrives as HBO is developing a potential Game of Thrones spin-off – and as the broadcaster prepares to pave the way for a new slate of flagship originals to take over in Game of Thrones’ wake, from the ongoing saga of Westworld to an adaptation of Watchmen from The Leftovers and Lost creator Damon Lindelof.
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