It hasn’t even been 2 months since we last got a glimpse of some Targaryen intercourse action, that is been 2 months too long. I’m talking Game Of Thrones people – and sadly – it looks like it is going to stay that way for awhile. One thing we do know about the upcoming Season 8 is they haven’t begun filming yet. This is unforgivable (shame! shame! shame!), what the hell have you all been doing? We do know HBO plans to get the cast together to begin work on Season 8 this Sunday. Thank the old Gods and the new.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean filming will be starting. The cast has yet to even lay eyes on the script. Sunday they will have their first sit-down table reading of the final season. Each episode of Season 8 is set to run longer, approximately 80 minutes an episode. Due to the length of each episode each episode filming for Season 8 longer than any previous season.
1. Season 8 Release Date:
As of now, there is no set release date for the upcoming 8th season, which means it is very far away. Many people assume we won’t be seeing any dragon fire until sometime in 2019. Something we do know is the showrunners are sticking to their plans for a shorter season. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are looking at a 6 episode season. A shorter season with longer episodes should roughly equate to the same amount of screen time as previous seasons. Still not sure how I feel about all of this. HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloy has said, “Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?” Lord of light willing, we will have some feature-lengthed Westeros adventures to look forward to.
2. Longer Episodes Ahead:
The most recent info on the length of the upcoming season comes from the Onion Knight himself, Ser Davos Seaworth. Liam Cunningham plays the lovable knight and recently shared with T.V. Guide, “The episodes are definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer.”
“We’re filming right up until the summer.”
“When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re doing way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.“
So just a quick breakdown of what season 8 has in store for us G.O.T. fans. We got longer overall episodes which are definitely something that will get me goin’. A two-year wait to find out if Dany is pregnant with Jon’s/Aegon’s son/cousin.That means two-years until we get to see Jamie’s betrayal of Cersei, The Clegane Bowl, oh yeah, and the entire battle for mankind thing. I’m getting all worked up just thinking about it.
3. The End Is Coming:
As any GoT fan knows, Season 8 will be the final season of the best show on television. HBO has stated Weiss and Benioff have a specific plan on the number of episodes and the direction of where they want to take the show. Casey has said: “If I could get them to do more I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they need to make the best version of their show.” Would any be upset with 10 more seasons of dragon fire and incest? I didn’t think so.
4. Spin-Offs Are Coming:
HBO has announced some pretty notable writers to pitch potential spin-off ideas. The list of writers chosen includes Brian Helgeland who is best known for his work on “A Knights Tale” and “42”.”A Knights Tale” is one of the best Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) performances. It also happens to be just a flat-out great movie with an unreal soundtrack so, good choice HBO. Max Borenstein who is a writer and producer for the “Kong: Skull Island” as well as the ” Godzilla” franchise, that could be exciting. Not a huge jump from Godzilla to dragons so let’s pray it’s an Old Valaria spin-off.
Jane Goldman who is known for her work writing on “The Kingsmen” franchise movies as well as writing on the newest “X-men” franchise, both of these movie franchises are full of excitement and have awesome visuals and action scenes, keep up the good work HBO. The fourth writer on HBO’s list is Carly Wray who is best known for her writing on the hit shows “Mad Men” and “The Leftovers,” so it’s pretty safe to say the future of Westeros is in good hands. Season 8 may mean the end for our first adventure through the 7 kingdoms but it looks like GoT fans have a few things to look forward to.