Beware: Spoilers are coming! Still freaking out about Jon Snow hooking up with his Aunt Daenerys? Well, y’all, the wait is almost over! HBO has announced the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2019. The final six episodes will feature new sets, the return of several unexpected characters — and dragons, of course. Here’s what else we know so far…
This season’s battle scene with the Night King and the Army of the Dead took three months to film in three locations, including 55 days of freezing night shoots. “It’s brutal,” says Peter Dinklage, 49. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”
Jon and Daenerys’ group will be greeted at Winterfell by Sansa, in a callback to the series’ first episode, in which the Starks welcomed then-King Robert. “Sansa is a true leader now,” says her portrayer, Sophie Turner, 22. “That’s where we first see her, as a very protective, empowered lady in charge.” (And she likely won’t be thrilled that Jon bent the knee — and more — to Daenerys.)
Naomi Watts will star as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,” says HBO, alongside Poldark’s Josh Whitehouse, in a prequel series, The Long Night. It’s set thousands of years before the current show, so maybe we’ll find out what those Children of the Forest are really up to!
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