The first look at Games of Thrones season 8 arrives with Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) appearing on the cover of EW. HBO's juggernaut series is gearing up for its final hurrah which will consist of six, longer episodes.
Dubbed to be one of the best shows in the history of TV, Game of Thrones has managed to elevate its storytelling and overall production design year after year with season 7 breaking viewership records. No wonder, everyone has been looking forward to its last outing where HBO will undoubtedly go all out to cap off the show the most satisfying way possible. But the wait for season 8 has been longer than usual with the show not expected to air new episodes until next year. While it will take a few more months of anticipation, its first official promo image has been finally released.
EW reveals fans' first look at the upcoming last season of Game of Thrones as Clarke and Harington grace the cover of the outlet's upcoming issue all decked out as Khaleesi and Jon respectively. The last time fans saw the two, they were getting much cozier with each other, something that a lot of people, including Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), will understandably raise their eyebrows on. But with the looming secret that's set to be revealed in the show's final's season with regard to the pair's deeper link, it will be interesting how this budding romance will be tackled amidst the threat of the Nightking and his legion of White Walkers. Check out the image below:
Previewing what fans can expect in the HBO fantasy series' last outing. co-executive producer Bryan Cogman teased unity among all warring factions in order to take on their common enemy. It's interesting how this will all play out considering where characters were left last season, but he promises Game of Thrones season 8 to be nothing less than surprising in a satisfying way.
“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death. It’s an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”
As for the two actors who will be at the forefront of the narrative, Harington emphasized how grueling filming was for the final season as "they want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options." Clarke adds by saying that “[camera] checks take longer, costumes are a bit better, hair and makeup a bit sharper — every choice, every conversation, every attitude, has this air of ‘this is it.’ Everything feels more intense.”
In terms of narrative, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has previously said that the Game of Thrones ending might be divisive, while Dinklage assured fans that Tyrion will get a beautiful ending. Other than leaked set images and details include a one-on-one conversation between Jon and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), as well as a tease on the show's biggest action set piece.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.