‘Game of Thrones’: Is Season 8 Really the Last One?
HBO’s Game of Thrones has been on the air for eight years and entertained viewers with its gory battles, political dramas, and fantasy creatures. The series has won hundreds of awards and earned dedicated fans all over the world.
However, as much as Game of Thrones enthusiasts would love for the story to continue forever, with the eighth season premiering soon, it looks like things might finally be wrapping up for the warring families of Westeros.
‘Game of Thrones’ is coming to an end
It has been confirmed that season eight will be the final season of this epic series.
The first episode will premiere on April 14, 2019, and the very last episode will be released on May 19, 2019. Some fans might be upset to know that there are only six episodes this season, but rest assured, each episode will actually be longer than those in previous seasons. More than half of them have been revealed to be over an hour, which is pretty much like watching several movies.
The showrunners of Game of Thrones are also looking to end things on the right foot and not disappoint fans.
“We want people to love it,” D.B. Weiss said of the finale that they have in store. “It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions.”
Why is ‘Game of Thrones’ ending?
Back in 2016, showrunner David Benioff said that he had always intended for Game of Thrones to end and did not want to dragthe show out just because it was getting high ratings. In fact, this was clear from the beginning when he and D.B. Weiss pitched the show to HBO.
“We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” Benioff told Deadline. “We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it… We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story.”
According to George R. R. Martin, the writer of the series of novels that Game of Thrones is based on, the show could have gone on for a lot longer. However, Benioff and Weiss decided to change things up and cut out several plotlines to keep Game of Thrones from continuing.
“We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons,” Martin said. “But I guess they wanted a life. If you’ve read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons, I think. They made certain cuts… There was a period where they were saying seven seasons, and I was saying 10 seasons and… they won.”
There is a prequel series coming soon for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans
As Martin said, without Game of Thrones, HBO can invest their time into something else. Right now, the network is getting ready to film a prequel series that will take place thousands of years before Game of Thrones as we know it. It will explore the origin of Westeros’ powerful houses, how the White Walkers descended upon the world, and much more.
Naomi Watts has been reported to play the female lead character and the cast list includes other actors such as Jamie Campbell Bower, Toby Regbo, and Dennis Gough.
Filming for the pilot will begin in mid-2019. If the series gets picked up, it most likely will premiere in 2020.