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Season 8 of Game of Thrones was announced by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff on March 12, 2017. Like Season 7, Season 8 will be shorter than previous seasons, consisting of six episodes, due to the smaller amount of story content remaining, as well as the increased production values and time required to film episodes involving larger set pieces than in previous seasons.

Filming for season 8 began in October 2017 for a 2019 premiere.

Like the sixth and seventh seasons, Season 8 will be based on an outline of the two final, presently-unpublished novels in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Season 8 will be the final season of Game of Thrones,[3] though after the conclusion of Season 8, five potential "successor shows", more likely prequels, are certainly possible.[4]

Plot

Breached wall s7 finale

The Wall has been breached and a second Long Night is poised to descend upon Westeros.

The Dragon and the Wolf Cersei

Cersei Lannister plots with Euron Greyjoy to hire the Golden Company, a sellsword company from Essos, to eliminate her enemies in the war for Westeros.

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A man of honor, Jaime Lannister rides north to provide support to the living in the Great War.

Stormborn Dany's Council

In the war for Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen's allies diminish with every engagement.

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Compelled to rescue his sister from his uncle Euron, Theon Greyjoy rallies the remaining ironborn still loyal to Yara Greyjoy.

The Dragon and the Wolf Jon

Jon Snow presents a wight at the Parley in King's Landing in an effort to convince those in doubt of their existence and imminent threat.

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Unaware of their familial ties, Jon and Daenerys consummate their relationship en route to Winterfell.

Execution of petyr s7

Held accountable for the deaths of Jon and Lysa Arryn, as well as the War of the Five Kings, Petyr Baelish is executed by Arya Stark on the order of Sansa Stark.

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Bran Stark witnesses Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark's secret wedding ceremony in Dorne.

"The Long Night is coming, and the dead come with it."
Jon Snow[src]

After eight thousand years of standing between the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the lands beyond, the inevitable has finally happened - the Wall has been breached: Mounted on the reanimated corpse of Daenerys Targaryen's dragon Viserion, the Night King has blasted through the ancient fortification and all but obliterated the castle of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. The army of the dead, now numbering over 100,000 wights as well as the White Walkers, is heading straight towards the North, bringing a winter that will become another Long Night, one which may last forever.

Unfortunately, the political and military strife within the Seven Kingdoms is not yet over. Though the War of the Five Kings is long ended, control of the Iron Throne is still being contested. In King's Landing, despite having proven herself a less than ideal ruler, Queen Cersei Lannister is determined to stay on the Iron Throne at any cost. Allying herself with Euron Greyjoy and Randyll Tarly, Cersei's armies won several victories against the invading forces of Daenerys Targaryen, and have sacked the Tyrell stronghold of Highgarden in order to pay off the crown's debts to the Iron Bank of Braavos. Despite the larger threat to the realm, Cersei is content with allowing the army of the dead to devastate the North in order to rid her of her enemies before focusing on the threat herself. Tyrion Lannister tried once again to convince his sister to put aside her enmities and unite with Daenerys against the army of the dead, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. Although she promised a military alliance with the Dragon Queen, Cersei instead brokered a backroom deal: with Euron's help and the financial backing of the Iron Bank, she has hired the Golden Company, the most powerful mercenary army in Essos, in order to destroy all of her enemies at once and solidify Lannister rule over Westeros. For Jaime Lannister, who has stood by his sister all their lives, this is the last straw; disgusted at Cersei's willingness to allow the realm to perish if it means that she can retain her crown, he has finally abandoned her and is now heading north to honor the pledge he made to fight against the enemy facing them all.

From her base at Dragonstone, Daenerys and her Westerosi allies - armies from Dorne, the Iron Islands and the Reach - attempted to retake the Iron Throne and restore her family dynasty. Unfortunately, all her plans went disastrously wrong: one of her key allies, Olenna Tyrell, is dead, having been given the mercy of a peaceful death after the Lannisters sacked Highgarden. Ellaria Sand, along with Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand, and Tyene Sand, have been defeated and punished for the choices they made in response to the Lannister-backed death of Prince Oberyn Martell. Meanwhile, Yara Greyjoy remains in her uncle Euron's custody. Yara's younger brother, Theon, has rallied the few remaining ironborn loyalists in an attempt to rescue her, after winning them over in a fight with Harrag, Yara's last captain.

Frustrated by her losses, Daenerys impulsively ambushed the combined Lannister and Tarly forces with her Dothraki horde and one of her dragons. Although she succeeded in forcing their surrender, she recklessly burned the wagons of grain en route to the capital, which she needed to feed her own forces, and executed Lord Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon by having them roasted by her dragon when they refused to bend the knee. This has alarmed Tyrion and Varys in light of the atrocities committed by her father, the Mad King, before he was overthrown.

In the North, Jon Snow, chosen as King in the North by his compatriots, sought out an alliance with Daenerys; not to help her seize the Iron Throne, but to aid him in the coming war against the army of the dead: the Great War. Through the combined efforts of Daenerys's remaining allies - as well as the Brotherhood Without Banners - Jon captured a wight and presented it before Cersei (who up until then thought they and the White Walkers were just stories) in order to prove their existence and return, though Daenerys lost Viserion in the process. During their alliance, Jon and Daenerys have developed a budding attraction and consummated their relationship, which may put their future operations in jeopardy, especially in light of their biological connection of which they are still unaware.

At Winterfell, the North has seen the return of Arya Stark, who killed the remaining men of House Frey in revenge for the Red Wedding, and Bran Stark, who has now become the Three-eyed Raven (both siblings were believed dead). Despite the schemes of Petyr Baelish to drive the Starks apart and seize power in his own bid to take the Iron Throne, Baelish was exposed as the true architect of the deaths of Jon Arryn, Lysa Arryn, and the War of the Five Kings, which saw the deaths of countless innocent people for a false cause. He was executed for his crimes on the order of Sansa Stark, bringing down the last of House Stark's enemies.

Through his power of Greensight, Bran had previously discovered that his believed half-brother Jon Snow was, in fact, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark whose real name is Aegon Targaryen, but even this revelation was only part of the truth. When Samwell Tarly - who abandoned his studies at the Citadel in Oldtown to return to Jon's service - arrives at Winterfell, he tells Bran his own discovery that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled by the High Septon in order to marry Lyanna, meaning that not only is Jon trueborn but also the true heir to the Targaryen monarchy, ahead of Daenerys herself, which may or may not have consequences for Jon and Daenerys's alliance.

And thus, the song of ice and fire begins its final verse...

Production

For a time in January 2017, Season 8 renewal was put on indefinite hold, due to a disagreement between HBO and the showrunners over the number of episodes it would contain. While originally Benioff and Weiss stated they intended 7 episodes for Season 7 and 6 for Season 8, apparently there was some internal pushback that they should make more than six episodes (whether for story reasons or purely business/budget reasons is unclear).[5] At their SXSW panel on March 12, 2017, Benioff and Weiss announced that Season 8 will consist of the originally planned six episodes. No new writers will be introduced: Dave Hill will write the first episode, Bryan Cogman the second episode, then Benioff and Weiss will divide up the remaining four. George R.R. Martin will not be returning to script another episode. The final season could contain multiple episodes of up to two hours long in length and could be the longest season to date, even though the season only contains 6 episodes.

On September 26, 2017, the directors for Season 8 were confirmed: the first five episodes will be divided up between returning directors David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Fabian Wagner, Sapochnik's director of photography, confirmed he is working on episodes 3 and 5, leaving episodes 1, 2 and 4 for Nutter. David Benioff & D.B. Weiss will themselves direct the series finale, as they have worked as directors on several episodes in prior TV seasons.[6][7]

Filming

Filming officially began on October 23, 2017[8], and is expected to last until June 2018.

In Northern Ireland, production began in October 2017. Interior shooting returned to the show's headquarters, the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast as well as Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge. Meanwhile, intensive location shooting has taken place at the Winterfell set in Moneyglass.

By January 2018, production crews had moved to Iceland for location filming commencing in February.[9]

Production also returned to Dubrovnik, Croatia, in February 2018, with supposedly brief shooting scheduled at multiple locations, including Lovrijenac Fortress, the Pile Bay[10], Minceta Tower[11] and Bokar Fortress[12].

Cast

Note: All cast members whose characters survive the events of Season 7 are expected to return for Season 8. The major exception is Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), who confirmed her role has ended even if Ellaria's exact fate is somewhat ambiguous.[13]

Confirmed returning starring cast

Confirmed returning guest starring cast

New cast

New characters

  • Northern girl[49]
  • Boy[49]
  • Northern farmer
  • Sassy and attractive girl
  • Northern sentry
  • Sailor
  • Guard #1
  • Guard #2[50]

Crew

Writers

Directors

Episodes

# Image Title Airdate Viewers
68 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 1 2019
Synopsis to be announced.
69 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 2 2019
Synopsis to be announced.
70 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 3 2019
Synopsis to be announced.
71 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 4 2019
Synopsis to be announced.
72 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 5 2019
Synopsis to be announced.
73 GOT 2019 Season 8, Episode 6 2019
Synopsis to be announced.

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