*DIRE WARNING: If you wish to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, read no further!*
In Spring 2019, Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season will arrive. Fans will finally know which Starks survive and which will fall; whether Jaime joining forces with the forces of good makes a difference in the battle against the darkness; and who, ultimately, will sit on the Iron Throne.
I beg twitter as a whole makes a collective agreement not to ruin game of thrones season 8
— harry blackburn (@harryblackburnn) December 4, 2018
Game of Thrones Season 8 promos goin up all over LA.
It’s almost time my lords pic.twitter.com/anTghLNNZZ
— ???????????????????? (@EAdollaaa) December 4, 2018
Over the past seven seasons, fans have become accustomed to a fairly regular routine where the year’s most dramatic world events occur in the season’s penultimate episodes. “The Rains of Castamere,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “Beyond the Wall” all featured epic deaths and/or set pieces just before a final episode that teased more bloodshed to come in the future. Because of this “formula,” many fans have assumed that the final, epic battle between the Night King and the armies of Westeros would happen in the fifth episode of the six-episode finale.
Then Vladimír Furdík, who plays the Night King himself, told the Hungarian site SorozatWiki this important tidbit:
“In the third episode of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intended to be a historic moment in television.”
Many assume Furdík is speaking of the epic Winterfell battle sequence that reportedly took 55 days to film, a record for GoT.
battle of the bastards took 25 days… the battle of winterfell took 55 holy shit
— james (@f4urs) April 8, 2018
55 days to shoot an epic battle sequence at Winterfell for Series 8 … just to provide context, Battle of the Bastards was shot over 25 days! https://t.co/GxmP0hsYoX
— Jessica Tooze (@JessicaTooze) April 15, 2018
Can you imagine that in season 8 we're going to watch:
Daenerys in Winterfell
Daenerys finding that Snow is her nephew
Daenerys finding that the Night King turned Viseryon into an ice dragon
The biggest battle ever in Game of Thrones history
IM NOT READY FOR THIS AT ALL OMG!
— filipe (@sexualdaenerys) December 2, 2018
According to Furdík, the battle in question will take up almost all of the hour-long episode in which it’s featured, translating to roughly one minute for every day of shooting.
That’s how you get quality shots, people!
“Almost the full episode will be about the battle, it will take about one hour.”
Obviously, fans were as hyped as they’ve ever been.
— NicolajTargarjen (@nicolaiandolino) December 5, 2018
Game of Thrones coming out in April 2019, it has been announced. Biggest news of the night! https://t.co/9Mmvz27S7k
— Trey Biddy (@TreyBiddy) December 5, 2018
WHEN IN THE FLYING FRICK IS THE GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 TRAILER GONNA BE RELEASED?!? pic.twitter.com/OgCjGNyvKM
— International House of Brent ???? (@Brent858) December 4, 2018
The big question is what will happen in the remaining three episodes once the battle with the White Walkers has ended, for better or for worse. The only way to find out will be to watch for yourself in April 2019!