It’s been a very long time since last season of Game of Thrones got to an end - zombie dragon and all - but in the end, the hit fantasy story has come back. Although, we're still not actually certain if we're set for what's to come next watching episode 2, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".
One absolute guarantee is the absolute exhibition that awaits us. With some of the feature-length chapters - including the finale at 80 minutes running time - it's right to assume these episodes (which reportedly highlight the most complicated series ever shot for television) will be the greatest of the monumental show's best.
With the initial two episodes finally been broadcast in the UK, HBO has released another tantalizing - if not shocking - trailer for the next episode.
> Here’s everything we recognize so far regarding season 8 of the hit fantasy epic.
How many episodes for GOT season 8 will be there?
The 8th season is the smallest yet; only 6 episodes, making it smaller than the penultimate season (7 episodes) and much smaller than the first 6 seasons of the GOT (which had 10 episodes each).
How long will each episode be?
While the 8th season will totally have 6 episodes, few of them will be much longer than the 1 hr slot they’ve chosen in previous seasons. The first few episodes, however, have been discouragingly short:
As remarked by Winter Is Coming, the opening episode was also the only one without an ‘Adult Content’ notice — the silence before the hurricane, possibly?
In a crushing punch for GOT fans, though, HBO head of programming Casey Bloys has indicated that there could be another agonizing delay between the end of Game of Thrones and the starting of the initial spin-off show, stating “you’re not going to view anything air anytime near to the season 8 finale.”
$90 million budget for Game of Thrones Season 8.
News hints season 8 of Game of Thrones budgeted HBO over $90 million (£69 million) - securing the spot for the most expensive TV series of all time, even though season 8 has the less number of episodes since its beginning. With approximately $15 million (£11 million) of expenses on each episode, it's right to presume dragons, direwolves and Night King-induced death unlike ever before.
Director of Game of Thrones season 8?
Collider unveiled David Nutter (who directed the shocking Red Wedding episode, The Rains of Castamere) will be guiding episodes 1, 2 and 4. Miguel Sapochnik, who’s remembered for action-heavy episodes such as Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards, will be guiding episodes 3 and 5. DB Weiss and David Benioff will co-direct the 6th the final episode of the show.
The writer of Game of Thrones season 8?
The last series will keep the show’s four-man writing unit of DB Weiss, David Benioff, Dave Hill, and Brian Cogman. Although George RR Martin was a tenant writer for a few episodes in the show’s first 4 seasons, he will not come back for season 8.
Hill wrote the season-opening, Cogman wrote the 2nd episode, and Benioff and Weiss have yielded the remaining four episodes.