When Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones ended, the Night King tore the north Wall of Westeros down with his ice-breathing dragon, allowing his army of the undead free to finally invade the countryside. The Wights’ numbers are so great that we as fans should properly fear for the safety of any and all characters south of the Wall, especially given the series’ propensity to kill off lead and fan-favorite characters.
Now, as we slowly gear up for Season 8, it appears like it will be all-out war in Westeros, a true battle between the living and the dead. Throughout the years, Game of Thrones has given us some iconic and breathtaking battles — like Season 2’s the battle of Blackwater Bay and Season 7’s Battle of the Bastards — but apparently none of that comes close to what Season 8 will deliver.
Previously, it had been reported that Season 8’s climactic battle had taken 55 days to shoot, which was roughly double the time it had taken director Miguel Sapochnick to film the spectacular Battle of the Bastards. But, as it turns out, that was only half of the story. “This wildly understated what really happened,” an article published by Entertainment Weekly states. “The 55 nights were only for the battle’s outdoor scenes at the Winterfell set. Filming then moved into the studio, where Sapochnik continued shooting the same battle for weeks after that.”
According to star Peter Dinklage, who plays Tynion Lannister on the series, the battle is appropriately devastating. “It’s brutal,” the actor said. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.
However, this battle will be different than what we have seen before. According to co-showrunner David Benioff, there will be many storylines involved in the battle. “Having the largest battle doesn’t sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring,” the writer and producer said. “Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel’s challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we’ve been building toward this since the very beginning, it’s the living against the dead, and you can’t do that in a 12-minute sequence.”
There’s no telling how long this ultimate battle will last, but we are certain that the results will be appropriately epic.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is expected to debut in the latter half of 2019, with six episodes, each running more than an hour.