The ‘GoT’ Season 8 Leaks Are Flowing and We Get to See How the War Comes to King’s Landing

2019 can’t come soon enough for Game of Thrones fans. Thankfully, with filming and set construction fully underway, we can put together a few clues as to what the final season will bring. Read on to learn more about how the war comes to King’s Landing.

1. GoT fans are watching set construction closely

Jaime Lannister sitting on a horse behind a group of archers, who are all aiming their bows upwards.

One fan site is devoted to monitoring the filming crew. | HBO

There’s a whole fan site, Watchers on the Wall, dedicated to sniffing out clues concerning the filming of Season 8. So far, they’ve dug up some pretty interesting information.

Between photos of new sets being built, props being used, and safety tests being run, it’s getting easier to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Next: It’s always been King’s Landing.

2. Something big is coming to King’s Landing

Ships sailing toward a castle on a hill at King's Landing.

The next season is sure to be the most exciting. | HBO

We’ve known for a long time how central King’s Landing is to the telling of this story. No matter how far we venture off, no matter what subplots we follow, we always end up back at King’s Landing (there are only seven episodes in the whole show without it, according to Newsweek).

It’s only fitting that the climax of the show, or at least what may be the bloodiest battle, takes place there.

Next: Building a new set just to tear it down

3. The show is building a new King’s Landing to tear down

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King’s Landing | HBO

Previously, filming at King’s Landing took place at a variety of locations — CGI sets, and real Malta and Croatian cities. These sets won’t work in Season 8 for one obvious reason: They’re going to be destroyed by war.

That’s why, for this season, HBO is building it’s own King’s Landing — so that it may be destroyed.

Next: Winterfell will play a big role in this season as well. 

4. Winterfell, the last bastion against the army of the dead

Ships sailing toward a castle on a hill at King's Landing

Game of Thrones Season 7 | HBO

It’s no surprise that Winterfell will also play a big part in the upcoming season. It’s been home to some of the biggest, most intense episodes (“Battle of the Bastards” anyone?).

The set lives in Moneyglass, Northern Ireland, and some photos have popped up of what the set will look like and feature this season.

Next: What happens to the Unsullied

5. Mass Unsullied casualties?

Unsullied soldiers assembled in rows.

This is a major clue. | HBO

According to Watchers on the Wall, the Unsullied soldiers have been filming near the Winterfell set, we can only presume to take on the army of the dead, as each soldier is armed with a dragonglass spear.

Additionally, Newsweek reports that photos of the Winterfell set include “fields strewn with corpses and armies of Unsullied.”

Next: King’s Landing’s impenetrable gate isn’t so impenetrable this season. 

6. Whomever’s invading King’s Landing this time gets in no problem

King's Landing seen from afar.

It won’t be too much of a battle for whoever is getting into King’s Landing. | HBO

In the past, when armies have tried to breach King’s Landing, the hardest part was breaking down the gate to get inside.

Thanks again to the Watchers on the Wall, we know that, this time around, whomever’s invading King’s Landing has no problem absolutely annihilating the front gate.

Next: Dragon fire

7. Dragon fire tests

Two dragons blowing fire into the battle.

There might be plenty of fire. | HBO

Three words that make every GoT fan’s heart sing: dragon fire tests. If there was any doubt that the dragons would be involved in the last season in a big way, now we know for sure. Though fire tests have been reportedly conducted on site, that doesn’t mean we’re sure which dragon(s) burn King’s Landing. Will the flames be red or blue?

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