Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 below…
The Long Night is here, everyone. Game of Thrones Season 7 bowed out with an epic final episode in which we learned of Jon’s true parentage and saw The Night King and its Ice Dragon break down The Wall and move on Westeros.
But we’re looking forward to Game of Thrones Season 8 already, so here’s absolutely everything we know about the show’s final episodes, including release date, casting news and trailers.
Things are getting brutal – cast and crew say the final battle is “unprecedented.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s upcoming issue has 16 different covers featuring new character images
New posters place characters on the Iron Throne
New trailer provides glimpse of Arya Stark and dragons in Winterfell
Leaked cast list hints at surprising character returns
Teaser clip shows Daenerys meeting Sansa
Jason Momoa speaks about return rumours
Full trailer released – watch below
What is the release date for Game of Thrones Season 8?
Game of Thrones Season 8 was originally slated to return in late 2018 or early 2019. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, previously suggested that the show would return in 2019 during an interview with Variety, and HBO officially confirmed that news on January 4.
Now we’ve finally received an air date –it’ll return on April 14, 2019.
Are there any trailers for Game of Thrones Season 8?
Yes. In the latest trailer, we see Arya Stark as she looks up at a dragon who appears to be flying over the Unsullied and Dothraki.
The moment then heads to a scene that shows armies arriving into Winterfell, which goes some way in explaining why Arya looks so happy to have them on board.
Another shot sees The Wall falling down from a seemingly different angle than the season seven finale, which suggests it could be the other side of Viserion’s unbridled destruction.
But as the above trailer shows, Bran Stark is somewhat conspicuous in his absence. According to some fans, it’s proof that Bran will actually transform into the Night King after becoming stuck in time at the end of the series.
However, there’s also the possibility that he might not be here because he’s become the Three-Eyed Raven and therefore never a true Stark again.
Although a full trailer is yet to arrive, we’ve also been provided with our biggest glimpse to date. In a brief clip released during the Golden Globes, we see Daenerys Targaryen as she enters Winterfell with Jon Snow. She is greeted by Sansa Stark at the gates who tells her, “Winterfell is yours, your grace”, although there’s some clear animosity.
A teaser trailer has released in December showed ice and fire sweeping over Westeros. The ice covers the Starks’ dire wolf and a Targaryen dragon but then fire rages up and sweeps up over a lion – representing the Lannister’s suggesting one epic battle is to come. HBO led on the words “fire and ice” to introduce the teaser.
Have photos been released from Game Of Thrones Season 8?
Yes! You can see them all below. Although giving little away, things look very dramatic.