HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returned last night with the eighth and final season premiere and, as per usual with the series, it was a quiet start serving as setup for the action to come later – most likely the Battle of Winterfell in the third episode.
We’re also only a month or so away from the ending of the entire series, one that will come to a close long before the book series upon which it is based does. Author George R.R. Martin, speaking with 60 Minutes this week, was asked how much the ending of David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ series will differ from his planned literary wrap up. According to Martin, they will be fairly similar:
“I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is going to be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have, but they may be on certain secondary characters, there may be differences. And yeah, some of the people will have that. There will be a debate, I’m sure. I think a lot of people who say, ‘Oh, Dan and Dave’s ending is better than the one George gave us, it’s a good thing they changed it.’ And there will be alot of people who say, ‘No, Dan and Dave got it wrong, George’s ending is better,’ and they will all fight on the internet. There will be debate, and that’s fine. The worst thing for any work of art, be it movie or art, is to be ignored.”
The premiere episode reunited some fan-favorite characters, brought the Dragon Queen (Emilia Clarke) up North, saw a major truth revealed, and more. In the wake of the premiere, HBO has released the trailer for the next episode along with two making of featurettes about that first episode. Check those out below: