Production for Season 8 of Game of Thrones has officially started in Ireland, and it looks like Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) may have survived his run-in with the Night King. Hivju was spotted with the rest of cast in Belfast, which might be confirmation that his character is alive and well going into Season 8.
Tormund was last seen on top of the Wall with Beric (Richard Dormer) when the Night King came crashing through with his army. Fortunately, Hivju was seen hanging out with Ben Crompton in Belfast, who plays the part of Dolorus Edd in the series.
This all but confirms that Tormund survived the Season 7 finale, though Dormer was not seen with the rest of the cast.
omgggggggg both tormund & edd are still alive
im not crying pic.twitter.com/dSdFuyK1XY
— cris (@danybjorn) October 9, 2017
A lot of the stars of Game of Thrones have been spotted around Belfast this past week. This includes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Pilou Asbaek, Iain Glen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, John Bradley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and Jacob Anderson.
Production is expected to continue through 2018 with the final series not airing until sometime in 2019.
When speaking about Season 8, GOT star Liam Cunningham revealed that he has already received scripts for the final six episodes. The only catch is that Cunningham, who portrays Davos, isn’t allowed to look at all six scripts just yet.
Security is so tight that he can’t even take them home. The extra security from HBO is an attempt to prevent major leaks, like the ones that surfaced ahead of Season 7.
Two whole episodes leaked last season along with several scripts, which ultimately compromised the entire season. HBO is doing its best to keep the final season from suffering a similar fate, including transitioning from paper scripts to all digital copies.
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) October 8, 2017
In fact, each actor has to have special authorization to view the scripts and probably won’t see their lines until filming is well underway.
We can only hope that the network is more successful this time around and keeps the big spoilers to a minimum.
With the series now well ahead of George R.R. Martin’s books, it shouldn’t be that hard keeping things under wraps until the new season airs.
The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO sometime in 2019.