The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly has released the first official publicity photo from the eighth and final season of HBO’s mega fantasy hit series “Game of Thrones” which will arrive on HBO sometime in 2019.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke’s get cosy in the shot while series co-executive producer Bryan Cogman spoke about the new season, easily one of (if not the) largest scale television season ever produced in history. He tells the mag:
“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.”
The final season of six episodes took ten months of shooting with Harington saying: “It’s relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot. They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options.”
Clarke added: “[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.”
The report also says one of the fights with the Army of the Dead this season will make all the other battles look like a picnic. Previously the famed Battle of the Bastards in the sixth season took 25 days to film. This battle at the Winterfell outdoor set involved a 55-day shoot, all at night, and that was only for the outdoor scenes with the production then moving to the studio for interiors and carried on shooting for several more weeks.