When is Games of Thrones season 8 on TV?
HBO has confirmed that Game of Thrones season 8 will return for its final season on April 14 2019 and released an ominous first trailer showing the Stark family confronting their future.
In a crushing blow for Thrones fans, however, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys has hinted there could be another agonizing wait between the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of the first spin-off show. “You’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season 8 finale,” he said.
Thanks to the first-look set report from Entertainment Weekly, we now know exactly how Game of Thrones season 8‘ first new episode will begin. The season will kick off in Winterfell as Daenerys Targaryen drives her forces to the North to help Jon Snow and his allies prepare for battle against the Night King’s army. The setup is expected to resemble the pilot episode’s big arrival of Robert Baratheon and will usher in some interesting reunions between various characters. At least one person will not be delighted at the new arrival, as Sansa Stark will reportedly not be pleased by Jon’s decision to “bend the knee” in allegiance to Daenerys, but considering what they’re all up against, she might just have to get over it.
Executive producer Bryan Cogman told the magazine, “It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death. It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honors very much what George [R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.” In addition to Daenerys’ journey to the North, Jaime Lannister is also expected to be heading in that direction — although Nikolaj Coster-Waldau couldn’t guarantee he’ll make it all the way.
Expect more Arya Stark action
This also means that even if the Night King doesn’t make an appearance in the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, we won’t have to wait that much longer for the the terrifying villain to show up onscreen for at least one final, epic showdown.
Maisie Williams had Game of Thrones fans in a tizzy when she posted an image of some bloodied sneakers after filming her final scene of the series because many took it to mean she’d either finish off her kill list or be killed in the process of whatever she was doing, but she’s since clarified that her last scene didn’t involve anyone else. “[It was] beautiful. I ended on the perfect scene. I was alone — shocker! Arya’s always bloody alone,” she explained to The Guardian.
However, Williams also assured fans that she and Needle will have plenty of screen time leading up to that point this season. “This season was quite big for me. I had a lot more to do,” she explained. “Mainly because there’s just less characters now, so everyone’s got more to do.” It’s worth noting that Williams’ last scene was shot in Belfast, which is known to be the site where scenes from Winterfell and the North are produced, so her return home will probably prove to be even more eventful than it already has been. Of course, other cast members have confirmed that the last season wasn’t necessarily filmed in chronological order, so it’s not a sure thing that Arya will end, one way or the other, beneath the sign of the Stark sigil.