Game of Thrones just released its first photos from the set of Season 8. The images show Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) embracing in a wintry scene. With the premiere of the final season only six months away, Harington and Clarke opened up about what it’s been like filming the final season of HBO’s hit fantasy drama.
The set photos are featured in this month’s edition of Entertainment Weekly and are the first official images from the Northern Ireland set. Season 8 is only six episodes long, yet it has taken the cast and crew over ten months to finish filming.
We finally know how Game of Thrones season 8 begins https://t.co/gugEofslAR
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Producers are taking so long because they want to ensure the final product will live up to the high standards of previous seasons. Although this means the wait will be longer, at least we know everyone is putting their best foot forward for Season 8.
“It’s relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot,” Harington revealed.
Clarke agreed with Harington’s assessment. The actress added that everything has been taken up a notch this season, including the costumes and makeup. This has resulted in a feeling of finality on the set, which only makes every scene more intense.
Harington and Clarke did not spoil any plot details in the interview, but the photos of them together tease that their romance is still going strong in Season 8. Producers also confirmed that they will travel to Winterfell together to prepare to battle the army of the dead and that Sansa is not thrilled that her brother bent the knee to his new girlfriend Daenerys.
From an emotional table read to staging the show’s biggest battle yet to a preview of season 8’s mysterious storyline, we have an exclusive first look at what's to come on #GameOfThrones. https://t.co/9qYe0ZusWj
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 1, 2018
That might change once they find out that they are actually related, but there is a chance they will not care about it at all. This is, after all, a fairly common thing in George R. R. Martin’s universe.
HBO has not announced when the final season of Game of Thrones will premiere, though sources believe the series will be back in action around April of 2019.
The final season of Game of Thrones will see Jon and Daenerys joining forces to defeat the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and his army of undead before they take over Westeros.