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It’s almost time for the entertainment event of the year: Season 8 of Game of Thrones, the hit HBO series that is finally coming to an end. Though the series is based on the novels by George RR Martin, the sixth book isn’t released yet, meaning that Martin’s book ending may differ slightly from the television ending. If you haven’t seen the previous seven seasons, I highly recommend diving in and committing some major time to it! It’s a cultural phenomenon for a reason.

Now, let’s get into what you need to know about the final season of Game of Thrones. There are spoilers ahead for the existing seven seasons, so tread with caution

The 8th and final season premiers on April 14th, 2019 at around 9PM. If you watch live, tune in then. Otherwise, it’ll be available on HBO Go starting then, but you can expect a bit of a delay because of how popular it is destined to be.

Here’s the official trailer, if you haven’t seen it yet.

There will only be six episodes this season, shorter than usual, but they’ll be action packed and well over an hour long each. It’s been rumored they may be up to two hours long, and the money they spent on this season assures us we will not be disappointed by the output.

Now, let’s dive into how we ended season 7. The White Walkers have an Ice Dragon, and it’s done some major damage to the wall. Winter isn’t coming, it’s here. Cersei is leading from King’s Landing. Jon and Dany have uh…mated, but that’s sure to be complicated when everyone realizes what we finally got confirmed last season–Jon is a Targaryean! Sansa is doing her best to handle Winterfell and coming into her own as a leader. There’s talk of the Golden Company, ruthless mercenaries, and oh yeah, Littlefinger is dead. Tyrion and Jamie are sure to get their time to shine this coming season…or their time to die

With a crazy finale like we saw in season 7 and no book to guide us, we have some major questions for season 8.

  • Will Dany and Jon learn they are related? How will they handle it?

  • Is Cersei really pregnant?

  • What the heck is up with Bran? What’s his connection to the endgame?

  • Are we finally going to get the Battle of the Bastards?

  • Will Jon be able to ride one of the  dragons?

  • Who is going to end up on the Iron Throne?

Now that Game of Thrones is coming to an end, spin-off talk is officially in full swing. There’s been a lot of talk of prequels, and apparently several of them were shopped, but only one is being fully fleshed out. It takes place hundreds of hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones, so it’ll likely be very different but treated with the same amount of care.

If the series is ending, does that mean the books are too? Not exactly. There’s no release date scheduled for the next Martin book, so it probably won’t be until 2020 at the earliest. But, he’s been doing a lot of other writing in and out of the universe, so if you like his writing style, you can find some of his other books to fill your time.

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones 

We only have six weeks of Game of Thrones content until May 19th comes and the hugely popular series comes to an end. Who will survive? Who will sit upon the throne? Tune in!

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member