As fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones may be aware, we are approaching the end of the road for our favourite and most reviled characters of Westeros. Season seven has only one episode remaining before its conclusion, wrapping up at just seven episodes in total. Now, the season eight filming date has been revealed, along with fresh information about the upcoming spinoff.
Season eight filming date:
While season seven has less than the traditional ten episodes boasted by previous seasons, season eight aims even lower, consisting of only six episodes. Filming for the eighth season will begin in little over two-months, according to a Collider interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a.k.a Jaime Lannister himself.
“I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it’s been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.”
An October shooting date is unusual for the epic fantasy series, as GOT’s filming schedule previously ran from around July to December, give or take.
While there has not been any official mention of the season eight premiere date, we can apply some educated guesswork. Given that season seven required the usual six month filming period despite being a shorter season and assuming that the season eight post production is at least as long as it was for season seven, it seems unlikely that we’ll see season eight until at least September 2018.
To add to this, according to the producers of the show, winter has finally come. This means that the cast and crew will need to shoot in locations that will embody the frozen wasteland that Westeros will become. These bleak wastelands will require greater preparation for all involved, adding to the already substantial filming time.
New spinoff series information emerges:
With a combined total of seven more episodes to go, fans are already starting to despair. The completion of the wonderful series is sure to be a bitter-sweet sorrow, but luckily for us all, HBO is already planning on filling the hole in our hearts with more Game of Thrones content. Four spinoffs are reportedly in the works, being written by four different teams, including George R.R. Martin himself.
In an interview with IGN, Jane Goldman, screenwriter of Kick-Ass and developer of one of the GOT prequel series, was asked whether the series will cover recognisable stories from the books.
“Yeah, I think I can say if I was able to say what mine was — yeah, I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, “Oh, that! OK.” Yeah, it would be recognisable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.”
Here is everything else we know about the GOT spinoffs so far:
All of the series have been confirmed to be prequels. For years now, fans have been hoping to see a television adaptation of Robert’s Rebellion; the infamous civil war that led Robert Baratheon, future King of the Seven Kingdoms, into conflict with Aerys Targaryen. Is it possible that we will finally see the young Stag flanked by Eddard Stark and Jon Arryn? Another fan favourite is the fall of Valyria, a mystical city ruled by the Dragonlords and the source of all Valyrian steel from the show.
There will be no existing characters in the spinoffs. Sadly, this puts something of a damper on seeing Robert’s Rebellion as it would be difficult to pull off without the titular Baratheon. Still, the Known World extends far beyond the borders of Westeros and there are plenty of stories to be told with an all new cast. This holds especially true with the series’ creator helming one of the projects.
No prequel series will air until the final season has been completed. Whatever comes after Game of Thrones, we get to see how it all ends. Whether you love it or hate it, the Song of Ice and Fire is coming to a close. Who will take the Iron Throne and who will succumb to Winter’s grasp?
Regardless of which direction HBO intends to go with these prequel series, fans of the series still have the final season to look forward to. It promises to be packed full of excitement, drama, violence and the occasional brutal death of a much-loved character.
TL;DR: Game of Thrones season eight begins filming in October. Screenwriter Jane Goldman confirms the spinoff she is working on will be based on a past event recognisable to readers.