Finally unveiled! The release month of the long awaited eighth and final season of the "Game of Thrones" has been announced and is slated to officially come out in April 2019. HBO eventually broke the news of the "Game of thrones" season 8 release date, a fantasy drama television series after months of speculation from the fans since August 2017 when the seventh season ended. Get to know more about the Game of Thrones season 8 in this article and other background information to refresh your memory as you patiently wait for the arrival of the final season.
Based on HBO's announcement, compared to the first six seasons that came out which contained ten episodes each and the last season 7 that had seven episodes, "Game of Thrones" 8 season will have just six episodes. With speculations from the viewers as to what will likely be contained in the last season, Entertainment Weekly reported that the first episode in the final season of "Game Of Thrones" will be filled with major references back to the plot of the first season.
Apart from the first episode taking place at Winterfell, different "Game of Thrones" characters who have not met themselves before would prepare for the Invasion of the Dead. This is going to be alongside other characters that have shared complex histories.
Roundup on "Game of Thrones" Seasons 1-7
While the "Game of Thrones" last season is in the cooking, here is a roundup of the previously-released seven seasons.
The total "Game of Thrones" episodes in this season is ten with each containing different titles. The title for episode 1 is "Winter is coming" while episode 2 is "The Kingsroad" and episode 3 is "Lord Snow". Episode 4 is "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things", episode 5 "The Wolf and the Lion", episode 6 "A Golden Crown", and episode 7 is "You Win or You Die". Then episode 8 is "The Pointy End" and episodes 9 and 10 are "Baelor" and "Fire and Blood" respectively. Majorly, the season based on "A Game of Thrones" which is the first book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and it premiered on April 17, 2011.
The entire season features Lord Stark who gets troubled based on the reports from a Night's Watch deserter. Then, King Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters arrive at Winterfell, where the king meets Ned and proposes marriage between his son Joffrey and Ned’s daughter Sansa. Ned is faced with a family crisis en route to King's Landing where he faces his past and future. Daenerys gets pregnant and Bran is crippled for life. Eventually, King Robert dies and Ned discovers Cersei’s infidelity, realising that her kids are not Robert’s heirs. The Lannisters kill the Starks' loyalists but Arya escapes narrowly. Finally, Ned Stark dies. Also, a new king rises in the North.
This season also has a total of 10 episodes which are the following in succession: "The North Remembers", "The Night Lands", "What Is Dead May Never Die", "Garden of Bones", "The Ghost of Harrenhal", "The Old Gods and the New", "A Man Without Honor", "The Prince of Winterfell", "Blackwater" and "Valar Morghulis".
The season unveils the Seven Kingdoms at war with Robb Stark, the King in the North fighting with an aim to get independence for his people and those of the Riverlands. Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne with the backup of the powerful House Lannister. Meanwhile, Robb's uncle Renly already plans to get the throne with House Tyrell's support. Based on this struggle, Tyrion Lannister arrives in King's Landing where he is faced with opposition from his scheming sister, Cersei, who is now the Queen Regent. Far to the east is Daenerys Targaryen who has hatched the only three dragons in the world capable of destroying cities. She eventually also needs new allies to support her claim to the Iron Throne. However, in the distant north, the Night's Watch are already searching for missing rangers and investigating rumours of wildlings gathering in the mountains.
The third season containing 10 episodes as well expresses the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros still gripped by civil war. Would-be king Renly Baratheon is assassinated while the cruel boy-king Joffrey Baratheon has secured an alliance with House Tyrell leading to a great victory for him. He defeats his uncle Stannis in an epic battle and now commands the largest armies in the realm. King Robb Stark remains in the field with his homeland, the North, under ironborn occupation. Robb is left to decide how to win an overall victory and also win back House Frey's alliance having broken his marriage pact with them.
Stannis Baratheon gets defeated and retreats to his headquarters on Dragonstone island with his leftover soldiers. His status as a heir still makes Joffrey's claim to the throne questionable, but with priestess Melisandre on his side, Stannis could still strike. There are Bran Stark and his protectors who must cross the frozen wastelands of the North to reach the Wall. Arya needs to break through the Riverlands to search of her mother and brother while both Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark needs to survive in King's Landing. Beyond the Wall, the White Walkers are threatening both the Seven Kingdoms and the lands of the Free Folk.
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King in the North Robb Stark dies after being betrayed by his own bannermen the Boltons and Freys. With this, Lord Tywin Lannister granted the Boltons the rule of the North and the Freys with nominal rule of Riverrun as compensation. Rob's mother Catelyn and his wife Talisa died together with Northern leadership and army at a massacre called Red Wedding. House Lannister stands triumphant after defeating Stannis Baratheon and securing southern Westeros. Ramsay holds Theon Greyjoy hostage while Balon Greyjoy considers his son as good as dead.
Stannis Baratheon refuses to surrender with his handful army but focuses on the threat of the wildlings marching against the Wall as advised by Melisandre. The Lannisters manages to win on the battlefield with House Tyrell of the Reach's support based on a promising marriage-alliance.
Tywin dies which Tyrion, his dwarf son, is privy to. Tywin's grandson Joffrey Baratheon dies also while Tyrion and Varys flee to the Free Cities. Queen Cersei stands as Head of House Lannister and Queen Regent since Tommen is still young. Based on all these, there is no one to checkmate Cersei's power. The Riverlands, where most of the war took place, have been reduced to a burned-out husk. Now, there is a power-struggle emerging between Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrell who is now married to King Tommen. Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, who is the true catalyst of the Stark-Lannister war, emerges to rule as regent of the Vale.
The death of Oberyn Martell leads to a fury on the part of the Dornishmen. Oberyn's daughters mounts a threat on Cersei by sending her a dead viper with her daughter Myrcella's lion pendant stuffed in its mouth. Stannis Baratheon returns to defend the realm he feels he is the only rightful king. He needs to win the allegiance of Robb Stark's defeated bannermen to rally the North again. The three dragons of Daenerys are growing to a size and have become uncontrollable that she can't rely on them to defeat her enemies on the battlefield again.
Even after Cersei has been shamed and humbled by the Faith of the Seven, she is not ready to give up just yet with her scheme to regain control. Back in the North, the Boltons have triumphed over King Stannis, but out of distraction, Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy fled, desperately jumping off Winterfell's castle walls. This is a major action that weakened Roose and Ramsay's hold on the North. Daenerys Targaryen's attempt to liberate Meereen in the Slaver's Bay results in massive bloodshed. But even after Meereen escaped alive, Daenerys is captured by a Dothraki khalasar. In the city, the advisors of Daenerys , Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, and Grey Worm joined Varys in an attempt to hold together rule until Daenerys returns. At Beyond the Wall, Bran Stark keeps honing his powers in greensight under the tutelage of the Three-Eyed Raven. Now, he'll begin to fly.
This season containing seven episodes unveils how Cersei Lannister eventually emerged as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in King's Landing. This was after she eliminated her enemies in the capital as a result of fighting against the fulfilment of the prophecy she got while younger. The prophecy predicted her death which would be after her three children die. Now, the prophecy seems to be partly fulfilled as the children are dead. Based on her victory, Qyburn becomes her Hand and the undead knight Ser Gregor Clegane stands at her side. Samwell has already stolen his family's ancestral Valyrian steel sword. With the absence of House Tyrell's armies, the Reach is open to coming outside attacks. With Samwell's use of the sword, he uncovers the secrets behind Valyrian steel for the coming battle against the dead, before all is lost.
Now that Arya Stark has completed her training as a Faceless Man in the Free City of Braavos, she returns to Westeros to get more names off of her list of vengeance, starting with Walder Frey, the one who claimed the lives of her mother, brother, and pregnant sister-in-law. Jon Snow is declared as the new King in the North but Petyr Baelish seeks a platform to challenge his rule in his own campaign to take the Iron Throne. Bran Stark has finished training under the tutelage of the Three-Eyed Raven. In the process, he got to know that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. And now, he must prepare for the arrival of the Night King, who at all costs must be defeated before Westeros can dream of another spring. Based on the end of the "Game of Thrones" season 7 episode 7, everyone is curious about what would become of the whole struggle at the end.
Interesting facts about Game of Thrones fantasy drama television series
How much do you know about your favourite drama TV series "Game of Thrones"? Well, just as the final season of the Game of Thrones is about to be released in the first half of 2019, here are a few interesting facts worth knowing about the TV series.
1. Game of Thrones theme song
The main title theme of the "Game of Thrones" was composed by the Emmy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi. The inspiration behind it has been to support the characters and plots of the show musically. Although, there were various themes in the TV series, the most-pronounced out of them all is the Main Title that goes along with the sequence of each title. This is why every season was accompanied by a new soundtrack album.
2. Amazing 573 songs featured in Game of Thrones
It will interest you to know that a total of 573 songs were used in the "Game of Thrones". While there were 71 songs in the "Game of Thrones" season 1, the "Game of Thrones" 2 season has 69 songs and the third season has 105 songs. Also, while season four has 88 songs, season five has the highest number of songs which is 115, and seasons six and seven have 89 and 36 songs respectively.
3. Home Box Office (HBO) records "Game of Thrones" cast totalling 83
As published on the HBO official website, "Game of Thrones" season one has 40 casts while season two has a total of 14 casts. Also, season 3 records eleven casts while seasons four and five has four and seven casts respectively. Then, season 6 has six casts with just a cast in season 7.
4. Characters on "Game of Thrones" season 8
Some of the main characters, as published by Radio Time, will get turned probably to the side of the undead while quoting star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays tainted knight Jaime Lannister in the series). The star actor also explained that there would be some blue-eyed main characters running around. Also, the four-legged Jon Snow’s beloved direwolf Ghost is set to return despite his absence in the whole of "Game of Thrones" Season 7. Series Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer, explained that "He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in Season 8" while speaking to HuffPost.
"Game of Thrones" quotes
Here are a few quotes from the "Game of Thrones" to refresh your brain and also glean some wisdom from.
- Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
- Every flight begins with a fall.
- The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
- The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that.
- Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what's on the other side?
"Game of Thrones" has experienced so much success since its inception in 2011 and also attracted so many fans across the globe. With the announcement by HBO on the official release month of the "Game of Thrones" latest season, there are lots of anticipations as to how/what would be contained in the season. And to spike up the fans' curiosity, the dramatic video released by HBO didn't give fans much clue as to what the new season will likely be all about.