Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date, News and Trailer

July 18, 2017

Fantasy TV series shot by HBO channel jointly with G. Martin is prolonged for the eighth season. Find out in this article how long you should wait for it.

Game of Thrones Season 7 preview

The final eighth season of Game of Thrones which is transmitted by HBO for six years will be released in summer of 2019. David Benioff announced about the continuing of the fantasy show several series before the end of the 6th season.

Within the bounds of an annual comics festival, program director of HBO channel Casey Blois revealed the destiny of the 8th season to the famous periodical “Entertainment Weekly”. Two final seasons of the fantastical drama based on George Martin’s books by the name of “A Song of Ice and Fire” will be shown in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Contents:

  1. Plot
  2. Season 8 Preview
  3. Filming
  4. Awards and ratings
  5. Facts about TV series
  6. Schedule
  7. Video Trailers

Plot

The action takes place in the fictitious fantasy universe, similar to the medieval Europe. According to the script, the seasons last for several years in their world. The first season starts from the end of such a long summer. Closer to the 7th season the viewer sees the last months of the continuous winter, and the spring is to come in the 8th season. The books by George Martin have the similar names: “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring”.

Game of Thrones - beginning

The world described in this TV series is very huge and divided into three continents: Westeros (it includes the state of the Seven Kingdoms and main actions are held here), thinly populated Essos and almost undiscovered Sothoryos.

Game of Thrones World map

The battle for the Iron Throne occurs in Westeros, where seven Great Houses have been living and struggling for superiority for centuries: the Starks, the Baratheons, the Lannisters, the Arryns, the Targaryens and the Tyrrels. For many centuries the state of the Seven Kingdoms had been ruled by the House Targaryens, until their heritage fell into a decline.

As soon as Ayers II the Mad has executed Rickard and Brandon Starks, Jon Arryn stirs up a rebellion. “The Mad King” doesn’t have enough strength to confront the Lords Paramount of the North and so-called Ned Stark, who jointly fight against the current ruler and conquer the Iron Throne. Robert becomes the king of the Seven Kingdoms and appoints Jon Arryn as the first Hand of the King. But nobody manages to stay on the throne for a long time, and soon after the mysterious death of Arryn, an old friend of King Robert, Eddard Stark, is asked to rule over the kingdom. But he isn’t greeted neither by pageantry nor luxury life; the Lannisters have prepared for him a chain of intrigues and betrayals. Not to open the secret of Cersei many people are sentenced to death. Viserys Targaryen jointly with his younger sister head for Essos. Daenerys Targaryen is to marry Khal Drogo to get a powerful army of the Dothraki people and give the Iron Throne back to the House Targaryen at all costs. While the fight for the power is being held in the Kingdom, a threaten appears from the North: The White Walkers begin arousing gradually and attacking the Wall.

Daenerys Targarien and Khal Drogo

Occasionally the new-made King Robert Baratheon is mortally wounded by a wild boar in the hunting field. There is no curing the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and Baratheon appoints Eddard to be a Lord Regent until the king’s son, Joffrey, turns 18 and is able to take power in his own hands. But after the king’s death, Cersei cancels his dying order up and takes Eddard Stark, who knows the truth about the committed incest with Jaime, to prison and orders to execute him. These actions become the cause of the civil war which flames up within the Seven Kingdoms. Robb Stark, the Lord of the North, gathers an army and heads for the current ruling family of the Lannisters. As the territory of the North is left unattended, people from the House Greyjoy which were living on the Iron Islands arrive in the left area.

Preview of the 8th season

The main characters of the 8th season are: Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Arya Stark. According to the words of the script writers, Dan Weiss and his college David Benioff, the final seasons will be centering on the invasion of Daenerys into Westeros with the help of the Dothraki navy. Obviously, she will meet Jon Snow there. But will she find out that he is her brother or not?

Daenerys becomes one of the main characters

Arya Stark heads for the meeting with them in Winterfell because she has also heard about Jon’s victory. The journalists consider that the fall of the wall and invasion of the White Walkers from the North along with the Night’s King is likely to happen in the continuing of the show.
The throne under Cersei Lannister is shaking – so many Great Houses claim it, but the Targaryens are more likely to appoint this place. But it is still unknown what side Jon “the bastard” will take – on one hand, he is one of the Starks, on another hand – Daenerys’ brother.

Filming

The team of HBO channel took the leadership over the creation of the new seasons. The directors of the 7th seasons are: Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor and David Nutter. The actors’ team is nearly the same: Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and many others. Judging by the untested rumors, Jason Momoa may return to the show (Khal Drogo), he was seen nearby the film set.

The TV series was shot in many fascinating places of Europe: Northern Ireland, Iceland, Spain, including Seville, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce and more than ten other cities. All six episodes of the new season are to be shot till the spring of 2019, and then the process of post-production will begin. In summer we will have to wait for the premiere.

The cost of one episode for HBO channel achieves almost 11 million dollars, and main actors’ fees have been raised to unbelievable 1.1 million dollars for each episode.

Nominations, awards and ratings

Success of Game of Thrones began almost right away after the books had come out: George Martin got Hugo Award in 1997 for his book “Blood of the Dragon” and Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel for “A Storm of Swords”. Then for almost 10 years he was getting a great range of offers to sell the idea, and at the climax of his popularity he gave it to HBO channel.

George R. R. Martin - creator of GOT

After the premiere in 2011, the show annually received the critics’ recognition and appropriate awards: 2 Emmy Awards in 2011, Golden Globes in 2012, Screen Actors Guild Award for the best role, Saturn Awards in 2015 etc.

The ratings of the show have increased for almost four times after the releasing of the pilot: the first episode was seen by 2 million people in the USA, and the last episode of the 6th season – by almost 9 millions.

Interesting facts

  • The 8th season of the show will be the final one. 7 years of showing number 73 episodes of the “Game of Thrones”.
  • The TV series has the highest points at IMDB – 9.5/10 and 9.1/10 at Metacritic ratings.
  • The last book of George Martin is to come out after the premiere of the 8th season on HBO.
  • TV series has become so extremely popular that the special tours for fans were organized in Northern Ireland to see the film sets.

Schedule

Episode numberNameRelease date
7x01Episode1 - PilotJuly 16, 2017
7x02Episode 2July 23, 2017
7x03Episode 3July 30, 2017
7x04Episode 4August 6, 2017
7x05Episode 5August 13, 2017
7x06Episode 6August 20, 2017
7x07Episode 7August 27, 2017

Trailers and video teasers

Season 7 oficial trailer – Sigils

Comic-Con Teaser Trailer & Sneak of Season 7

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