Winter might be coming, but sometimes it just feels like the final season of Game of Thrones NEVER WILL.
After season seven ended last August, it’s been more than a year since we’ve gotten our last fix. Needless to say, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting restless.
In a teaser shared on Twitter on November 14, HBO revealed the eighth and final season will premiere in April 2019.
And on January 14, 2019, it was finally revealed the show would return on April 14, 2019. For us folks in Australia, that means Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere on April 15, 2019.
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) January 14, 2019
What can we expect from season 8?
While the first six seasons ran at ten episodes apiece and the seventh had a matching seven, the final season will feature a mere six. It may be the least amount of episodes in the show’s history, but it has had the longest (and most expensive) shooting schedule.
At least it means that we’ll know what happens sooner, I guess. In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, HBO executive Casey Bloys suggested that the shorter episode count will mean that episodes will be longer. Sounds good to me.
Seeing that the TV series left the book series behind last season, the show will feature more original content created in the writer’s room, not in George R. R. Martin’s novels.
The eighth season promises to adapt material that Martin has revealed about what’s yet to come in the series in the final unreleased novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
One thing that we can guarantee is that there’ll be more sex, death, battles, betrayal and revenge than ever before. We might even be lucky enough to see John Snow’s butt again.
How to watch Game of Thrones season 8 in Australia
I’m sure that diehard fans already know this, but for those recent converts out there (welcome), I’ve got some bad news. Due to HBO’s tight-lipped approach, we’re uncertain of specific details yet.
Foxtel is undoubtedly the place to keep tabs on if you’re hoping to watch the entire season as each episode airs. That includes their streaming service, Foxtel Now, which is cheaper than the full product.
If you don’t have a current Foxtel subscription, it’s best to hang out and wait for any potential promotion or special deals happening to celebration the show’s final season.
You will also be able to purchase individual episodes on the iTunes or Google Play stores.
So, unfortunately for us diehard fans, it’s all a bit up in the air at the moment. However, we know one thing for sure – filming officially wrapped in July of 2018.
That means that somewhere in the world, the whole glorious thing is there, waiting to be released to the world.
And I’ve got an inkling that it’ll be worth the wait.