After nearly two years of waiting, the final series of Game of Thrones is almost here.
For seven seasons we’ve watched the characters sacrifice, bleed, and die for the Iron Throne and on April 15 the series will finally come to, what is sure to be, an epic conclusion. Today (March 5) HBO released the first full-length trailer for the eighth, and final, series of Game of Thrones.
The two-minute trailer hints that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) might be in for a rough ride this series, as we see her running away from…something before she says: “I know death,” she says. “He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.” Yikes.
We also see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) riding side by side. Before an ominous voiceover hints at the much-anticipated final confrontation between the show’s heroes and the army of undead, led by the Night King: “They’re coming, our enemy doesn’t tire, doesn’t stop, doesn’t feel”.
Director David Nutter confirmed in a Q and A on Reddit that the series will be made up of six episodes, which will each be more than an hour long. He also said that the final season will reunite characters who haven’t shared the screen for a while, and bring together some actors who hadn’t worked with each other at all, he said:
“Season 8 episodes will all, I think, be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”
He added: “It was a chance for a lot of characters to work together that hadn’t worked together before, or at least hadn’t worked together in a long time. So there was a sense of discovery and appreciation. Everyone saw it was coming to an end so there was a real family sensibility to it knowing that it was about to end — a lot of tears, a lot of sadness, but it was very special.”
The first episode of the season finale will air on Sky Atlantic on April 15 at 2am and again at 9pm.
Also published on Medium.