HBO has announced that the Game of Thrones season 8 will kick off in April 2019, releasing the first video teasing the final episodes.
The show, which first aired in 2011, is the hit adaptation of the novels of George R.R. Martin and will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV when the series returns for the final instalment of what will be an eight-year run.
First up, the premiere month. The network announced Tuesday the final season will air in April — so it’s only five months away.
HBO previously said the final season would air in the “first half” of 2019, so the actual season will start and finish well within that.
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Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage will reprise their popular roles as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister. Lena Headey will face them as the key antagonist, Cersei Lannister.
The teaser video for the final season does not contain any new footage, so it’s not a season 8 trailer but it sets the stage for the final season with footage from past seasons highlighting what various characters have done in their quest for survival and power.
The move launches HBO’s debut marketing effort for the show’s final season, a campaign titled #ForTheThrone.
Assuming any of the heroes survive the upcoming final season, there’s no telling who will wind up on the Iron Throne. The season seven finale finally confirmed Jon Snow’s true heritage as the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which quite possibly gives him the greatest claim to the throne if only by birthright — but destiny doesn’t mean anything in the world of Game of Thrones
It is said that the final season will feature one episode that is wall-to-wall action, containing the biggest battle sequence in series history. As for the final notes of the story, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has long promised the tale will end on a “bittersweet” note. Prepare accordingly: tears, much like winter, are coming.