Game Of Thrones season 8: Here’s everything we know about the final series

It begins in the US on 14th April

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by Anna Sky Hulton |

Game of Thrones first hit our TV screens back in 2011 and, since then, it has become a worldwide television phenomenon. Viewers have become so invested in the show that it's now overtaken the release of the novels it's based on.

Although there are many rumours circulating over what to expect, which characters might die and how the plot will develop, the final season of Game of Thrones has now finished filming - and there's only a few weeks to go before it airs!

In April 2019, Game of Thrones will return for the eighth and final season, so we thought we'd run down everything that we know so far about it. Beware - there are many SPOILERS in the article below!

Kit Harington as Jon Snow
©Kit Harington as Jon Snow © HBO

How many episodes will make up the final season of Game of Thrones?

It has been confirmed that the final season of Game of Thrones will only have six episodes, but HBO have confirmed the running time for each of the episodes now - and fans will NOT be disappointed.

Episode one: 54 minutes

Episode two: 58 minutes

Episode three: 82 minutes

Episode four: 78 minutes

Episode five: 80 minutes

Episode six: 80 minutes

When will the final season of Game of Thrones air?

It has now been officially confirmed by HBO and Games of Thrones, on Twitter, that the new series will air in the US on the 14th April. Die hard fans in the UK will be able to watch the new season at 2am on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

How will you be able to watch Game of Thrones?

You'll be able to watch Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic, the first episode of season eight will air at 2am on the 15th April 2019.

When can we see the first Game of Thrones season eight trailer?

Now, the trailer dropped last year, check it out below:

Which characters will we see in the final season of Game of Thrones?

There's no official confirmation on who we will see in the next season, however we are pretty sure we'll get to see the series regulars of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister return. We also know that we definitely won't see Littlefinger himself Petyr Baelish, as he met a nasty end at the end of season seven.

Lena Headey
Lena Headey ©Lena Headey © Shutterstock

Which characters will we say "goodbye" to in the final season of Game of Thrones?

It's the all important question, which characters will make it to the end of the final season? However, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out, as HBO's senior VP of drama didn't give away too much at a recent conference. She said, "It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers. None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.

"It was amazing. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes."

Peter Dinklage, who has played Tyrion Lannister since the show started in 2011, recently opened up about filming his last scenes for the show.

He explained how he felt saying "goodbye" to the character he "adored". "I had my last day on set in July, just over two months ago now and it was very sad," the actor explained.

"This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of."

As Peter lives in New York he wasn't able to go home at weekends, so he formed a strong bond with the countries he filmed in, including Ireland.

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In the final season of Game of Thrones who will end up on the Iron Throne?

It's difficult to say who could be left and who could end up on the Iron Throne in the final season of Game of Thrones, however, there are a few rumours circulating, including Bran Stark, or Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in a cheesy ending.

Game of Thrones Season 8 will be followed by a documentary about the series

Although fans around the world will be sad that Game of Thrones is coming to an end, with the release of Season 8 in April, it has now been revealed that there will be a two-hour documentary about the series. Due to air just a week after the final episode of the epic TV series, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, will give fans amazing behind-the-scenes views of the fantastic series.

British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay spent a year on the Game of Thrones set, and will show how the most ambitious season was created. According to HBO, viewers will get to see the cast and crew battling with, 'extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.'

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