The eighth and last season of Game of Thrones finally has a date with destiny. HBO said on Tuesday that the series will return in April 2019 with six episodes to conclude its run.
The fantasy series based on the George R.R. Martin novels has been one of HBO’s most successful shows. A video touting the show’s return next year included clips from seasons past showing both living and dead competitors for the crown of Westeros but didn’t give a taste of the final episodes.
HBO isn’t getting out of the Game of Thrones business. A prequel created by Martin and writer-producer Jane Goldman is underway, with Naomi Watts set to star in the show. Other spinoffs are, reportedly, in the pipeline.
Since not much is known about the last season, fans have been speculating about its narrative. The show is already being called bittersweet, with Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Targaryen saying “Everything feels more intense. I had a scene with someone and I turned to him and said, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to do this ever again,’ and that brings tears to my eyes.”
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Even Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the show, recently shared in an interview with the Entertainment Weekly that he had become emotional when they had started prepping for the eighth season. “I walked in saying, ‘Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know’,” Harington told Entertainment Weekly. “What’s the point of reading it to myself in my own head when I can listen to people do it and find out with my friends?” he added.
(With inputs from AP)