We’ve come a long way from Game of Thrones keeping battles offscreen, but Season 8 is going all out. New set reports indicate the HBO drama more than doubled its shooting time for fan-favorites like “Battle of the Bastards,” and is only getting started.
Game of Thrones may be headed for an eighth and final chapter, but don’t expect George R.R. Martin to follow suit. Despite some recent comments hinting the Song of Ice and Fire series may not close at seven novels, Martin has taken to his favored pastime of correcting LiveJournal comments.
Cold open or no, Game of Thrones seasons always set the tone by their first scenes. The eighth and final year may even begin with a particularly chilly reception, as reports of Season 8’s first scene could suggest Winterfell facing imminent danger.
The eighth and final Game of Thrones season hasn’t suffered any major leaks yet, but leave it to dedicated spoiler-hounds to get creative with their sourcing. A key character may yet have a role to play in Season 8, and we’re both impressed and unsettled with how fans figured it out.