We Finally Know the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Date

Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for this moment for nearly a year and a half. Finally, HBO made the official announcement: the final season of the most popular series of all time is coming back. Game of Thrones Season 8 has a release date – and a new trailer filled with subtle clues for what’s going to happen. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be epic.

When is the Game of Thrones Season 8 release date?

It’s not too surprising to discover that the Game of Thrones release will happen on Sunday, April 14 2019. This season is particularly short, with just six episodes scheduled before the dramatic conclusion and hopefully an answer: who will win the Iron Throne? We’ll all know soon enough.

The newest teaser aired before True Detective: Season 3 and showed Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark walking through the crypts beneath Winterfell. As they’re walking, they hear voices from their past including Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark, and Catelyn Stark speaking to them. They stop in front of three statues who look like them and then the crypt ices over in an ominous way. White Walkers again? It seems that way.

View this post on Instagram

Fire cannot kill a dragon #ForTheThrone.

A post shared by gameofthrones (@gameofthrones) on

What is the trailer about?

Talk about a big tease! The Season 8 Game of Thrones trailer debuted in December 2018. In it, a direwolf, a dragon, and a lion, each symbolizing one of the houses vying for the throne (Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister) either freeze or become engulfed in flames. It’s all foreshadowing that final battle that fans have been anticipating since the beginning of the series. Plus, it relates back to the original book series it’s based on, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

How many episodes are in Season 8?

Most previous episodes on the Game of Thrones series had 10 episodes. But the final season will only have six episodes, though they’ll most likely be longer in length than others. Sound designer Paula Farifield revealed that each episode could be “feature-length” and run as long as the average film at between 80 to 120 minutes. It’s also rumored that each cost around $15 million to make.

View this post on Instagram

If they get through, everyone dies #ForTheThrone.

A post shared by gameofthrones (@gameofthrones) on

What’s going to happen in Season 8?

It almost goes without saying that the ending to Game of Thrones is a closely guarded secret. Director David Nutter revealed that the team filmed fake scenes just in case any information leaked to the public. He said, “[Paparazzi] were all over, everywhere, trying to get in on what was happening. But it was definitely a situation where there was no paper on the set, [that] type of thing.”

The production team made every effort to keep everything secret, including email password protected scripts to cast members. “They wanted to make sure nobody knew what was happening, and they went to the nth degree, like they do on the show in general. They basically take it to the point where it’s like the Gestapo,” Nutter said.

It’s obvious that the next installment of Game of Thrones is worth waiting for. Even if almost no one knows what’s happening yet!