It’s been a long time since season seven of Game of Thrones came to an end, zombie dragon and all. Here’s everything we know so far about the eighth (and final) season of the hit fantasy epic:
When is Games of Thrones season 8 on TV?
HBO has confirmed that Game of Thrones will return for its final season in April 2019.
In a crushing blow for Thrones fans, however, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys has hinted there could be another agonising wait between the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of the first spin-off show. “You’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season 8 finale,” he said.
How many episodes will there be in season 8?
The eighth season will be the shortest yet, with only six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes), and much shorter than the first six seasons of the show (which had 10 episodes each).
How long will the episodes be?
While the eight season will only have six episodes, they will be much longer than the one-hour length of previous seasons. It appears episodes will be up to 80 minutes, and potentially there could be feature-length instalments.
When does filming begin for Game of Thrones season 8?
Actually, it began in October 2017, with much of the filming taking place on an enormous backlot at Belfast’s Titanic Studios, and carried on for quite some time: key cast members, including Kit Harington, were photographed by fans near the studio in late November. Production officially wrapped for Game of Thrones in July 2018.