Game of Thrones returns to HBO this summer for its second-to-last season, prompting speculation about how the show will eventually end, and how the writers will be able to wrap up so many storylines in only two more short seasons. This season will have only seven episodes in total, and season 8 has now been confirmed to be even shorter, with a meager six episodes in total. Despite having only 13 episodes left, the show promises to pack in all kinds of exciting things, including airplane-sized dragons, more action than ever, and the start of the Great War. Season 7 will also be the first season to be filmed without a Song of Ice and Fire novel to provide any of the basic plot, as the next book in the series is still yet to be released.
Now, with filming wrapped on the upcoming season, cast members admit that with only six episodes left to film in the entire series, the question of who will sit on the Iron Throne is as much a mystery as when they first started. That is to say, even they still don’t know how the story ends.
In an interview with MovieFone, Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow) talks about the differences between Game of Thrones and his new role in the Western Brimstone, and of course, his excitement to start filming season 8 and finally discover what fate will befall Jon Snow.
“It’s just amazing, in some ways, having no book to go on, because the scripts come through and you’re completely in the dark about what they’re going to do. Believe me, I just finished Season Seven, and I am already counting down the days until I get the Season Eight scripts.
Everyone’s been wondering how it’s going to end, and what’s going to happen right from the get-go, and theorizing about it. It’s really exciting to me not knowing, genuinely having no idea where it’s going to end, what they’ve got in their heads, and being the first to find out.”
Of course, it is not unusual for cast members to be unaware of how a show ends, especially for a show with the kind of spoiler-potential that Game of Thrones has. When season 8 begins filming, the cast will get their scripts for the upcoming season, and only then will they know who lives and who dies. At the moment, only George R.R. Martin (who writes the books), as well as series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, know it will all end, and they are (obviously) keeping it to themselves.
There is no doubt a lot of interest in seeing who makes it through to the final episode of the show, and there are plenty of fan theories to keep viewers guessing all the way through season 8. For now, however, all eyes are on season 7. It has already heard that one major player will be returning for the final season, but who else will survive when Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons come to Westeros? We’ll have to wait until July to find out.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.