Even though Game of Thrones season 8 is going to be the show’s last, it’s going to deliver the goods, as fans are basically in for six epic movies to cap off the series. This, according to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who has seen the final six episodes of the wildly popular fantasy series and has nothing but praise for what has been accomplished. Here’s what Plepler had to say about it in a recent interview.
“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.’ They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
Granted, it’s not as though the CEO of the network is going to have anything but positive comments about HBO’s biggest show ever heading into the final season. Still, it does sound like fans are going to get a lot out of these final six episodes. Initially, hearing that Game of Thrones season 8 was only going to consist of six episodes was a bummer for fans, but with those episodes all becoming a movie of sorts, that may well have worked out better than a higher episode count.
No matter what, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had their work cut out for them. Pop culture rarely sees shows that are not only this popular, but are also this feverishly consumed by the fanbase. Bringing that all to an end is going to require a very fine balancing act. Is it really going to be possible to satisfy everyone? It’s a tall order, no doubt.
For the time being, much of what we’re going to see unfold this season remains a mystery. HBO recently unveiled some choice footage in a promo previewing their 2019 slate, but it didn’t give us a whole lot. Several cast members have also indicated that season 8 is going to be a brutal affair, with star Gwendoline Christie suggesting that certain fans may need therapy by the time everything wraps up. It’s going to be a big, exciting, emotional ride and a massive moment within the pop culture landscape.
Luckily, this won’t be the last we’ve seen of Westeros on the small screen, as HBO has already given a pilot order to a new spin-off series set thousands of years before the events of the main series. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been cast to lead that show, which George R.R. Martin has been calling The Long Night, even though HBO doesn’t seem to like that title very much. Game of Thrones season 8 will debut in April. Hopefully, we should be getting a full-length trailer with some actual footage sooner rather than later.
3 Convincing Fan Theories for How Game of Thrones Will End
Game of Thrones is almost finished, finally. (Well, the series. Sorry, readers.) HBO announced that season eight, the final batch of episodes, is coming back to the premium-cable network in April 2019, which means you’ll know who takes the Iron Throne by summer and can move on with your life. There’s also a teaser video, and while it contains no new footage, it does recap major moments and sets the stage for the major players.
“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die,” Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) says in a voiceover. And we can rest assured that many people will perish before this is over.
Which character(s) will ultimately be victorious is just a game of informed speculation right now. But Reddit is already lit up with theories from smart fans that are pretty convincing. We compiled the most compelling ideas about what will happen when season eight is here.
It sort of goes without saying, but spoilers below.
Bran will be critical in the war against the White Walkers.
Don’t forget, before any human can take the Iron Throne, there’s a massive army of dead to take care of. In the last season, we watched the White Walkers make their way closer to getting past the wall to Winterfell. After Daenerys’ dragon Viserion was killed by the Night King, he was resurrected as an undead force for the White Walkers. Which means it’s going to be that much harder to hold back those icy Walkers.
Bran Stark is pivotal, according to popular fan theories, because of his advanced ability to warg. One Reddit user predicts that Bran will use his powers to take control of Viserion and get him killed. This will allow Westeros to keep the White Walkers at bay, at least for a while.
Then again, there’s another theory floating around that Bran is actually the Night King, and when the White Walkers are defeated, he will die with them. But while terrifying and interesting, it feels more far-fetched.
Cersei is going down.
There’s only one thing that just about every Game of Thrones fans agrees on for season eight: Cersei Lannister will die. Not just that, but she will be killed by her brother Jaime, who also recently impregnated her. This makes sense, and not just because everyone desperately wants the remorseless Cersei to die. Last season Jaime hinted at his betrayal of her and deserted her at King’s Landing to head north.
We also saw in previous seasons prophecies that Cersei would be queen and have three children, but not with the king, and they would all die before her death. Her younger brother was prophesied to kill her. Jaime is younger by minutes, and if he sent a sword through his sister, it would be poetic justice everyone could root for.
Don’t expect a fairy-tale ending for Dany and Jon.
With Cersei out of the way, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are the most popular candidates for conquering Westeros and taking the Throne. They’re allied and now lovers and seemingly unbeatable with their dragons, though finishing off the White Walkers will be a challenge.
While some fans are rooting for joint rule by Dany and Jon—which seems a little too pat for Game of Thrones—or at least some happiness for both of them, the strong bets are on one of them dying before the show is over. And many, we’re sorry to inform you, think Dany’s flame will go out.
Before you start yelling at us, here’s why: Jon has already technically died and there are strong hints that he’s the prophesied “prince that was promised” who will bring the world back from darkness. (Though, gendered word aside, Dany could be that savior, too.) We’ve seen Dany accumulate more and more power, which may leave her vulnerable for her ultimate undoing, in classic George R.R. Martin (and general storytelling) fashion.
Not all is lost. Fans are fond of the possibility that Dany will become pregnant with Jon’s child. (Which means, since Jon Snow is revealed to have Targaryen blood, the child will be a product of incest. Gross, but then again, this is Westeros, and it would bring us full circle from Jaime and Cersei getting it on in the very first episode of the show.)
One savvy Reddit user thinks Dany will start dying in childbirth and, as not to be turned into a White Walker, have her dragon Drogon burn her alive. Others think White Walkers will kill her. A fan predicts that, following her death, Jon will take a ride on Drogon, which will make the dragon more powerful, turning him into the true Lightbringer and the Stallion Who Mounts the World (Game of Thrones has a lot of prophecies we’re still waiting on), demolishing the army of the dead.
Of course, both Jon and Dany could die. In any case, fans like the idea of Dany and Jon birthing one child. This is kind of perfect since it would leave behind one heir to rule them all. And then maybe, in our richest Game of Thrones fantasies, Tyrion could hold down Westeros with lots of punchlines until the kid is grown.