HBO is going to extraordinary lengths to prevent spoilers for Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season from getting past the network’s protective Wall of secrecy, but a two-year wait between seasons gives us plenty of time to forge our Maester’s link in Westerosi mysteries. And while we still have a lot of old dusty books to dig through, we have already unearthed some important facts about what to expect from the end to the Great War between the living and the army of the dead. Here’s everything we know about Game of Thrones final season…so far.
The only thing we know for sure is the final season will air in 2019. It once looked like the show would return to its customary spot with a late March/early April premiere, but recent comments from the show’s visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer to The Huffington Post about how work on the final season’s VFX would continue into May indicated a second half of the year release, possibly closer to season 7’s mid July premiere date, if not later. However an HBO executive responding to the report said that despite the extra time needed for visual effects, the show “will be appearing in the first half of 2019.” That would fit with what HBO President Casey Bloys said about it airing between “January and June.” Our best bet? Our long wait will end in June.
The bad news – the final season will only be six episodes long. The good news – each episode might be feature length. So while we will get less of the Seven Kingdoms on a weekly basis, the season’s total run time could be one of the longest yet.
With bigger episodes comes a bigger budget, and HBO is expected to spend $15 million per episode, which is a whopping number even for the most popular show in the world. But if they are essentially making the equivalent of six movies it almost seems like a bargain.
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