By Paul Anthony
Sunday will mark the beginning of the end if you’re a fan of the HBO show Game of Thrones, I know I am. It seems like we have been waiting ten years for this season to happen but really it has only been just about a year in a half since the season 7 ended. We knew for sometime now this would be the end, well going far back as season 6 actually. All the stories of the show will come to an end, which I am excited. We know HBO wanted this show to go ten seasons with ten episodes each but sadly there wasn’t enough material to carry the load and some would even argue at times there would be pointless fillers to kill the time but nonetheless an era coming to an end.
With the season about to start we will finally see how long these episodes will be, we heard that they would be around two hours, which if they are then they need to be exciting, So what does this season have in store for us besides the season being short and episodes longer, well we know the white walker war will start, we saw that in season 7 as they got through the wall and continue to march north and now they have a dragon. We have to wonder how strong are the white walkers importantly how strong is their leader, he took down a dragon with a spear and then resurrected it and there they took down the wall that kept the living safe.
We also learn the truth about Jon Snow’s parents which has been in question since day 1. Ned Stark was stand up guy no way he would have cheated on his wife but now we know that Jon is actually Ned’s nephew and Jon’s parents is Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen which makes Daenerys Targaryen his first cousin which we know they had sex in the end. Mind you he doesn’t that just the audience and I have to wonder will he ever find out and if he does how will he react to that. Inbreeding is nothing new to the game of Thrones. Our favorite couple Ser Jaime and Cersei Lannister. we know Cersei does not intend to help fight the white walkers despite the fact that she said she would help, Jaime is still torn over the seasons he has slowly went from a bad guy to a good guy but yet his love for his sister he has remained loyal to her even when he knows she is wrong. I’m going to guess he will finally turn his back on her and join the fight against the true enemy. Bran future is still up in the air the theory is since he can time travel that he is the leader though I don’t fully believe that but we shall see because anything is possible at this point.
One of the biggest things that happen during this break was the so called leak of season 8 which claims who will win the throne and so forth. Even if theses were true plots that were leaked, I am still looking forward to see it for myself but nonetheless if you did read the leaks I would take them with a grain of salt.
It sad to see this show end but all good things come to an end, there still the possible rumor that there will be a spin off which to me won’t be the same to, now with that being said I want this season to start!
By Paul Anthony
Last Sunday was epic if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, we saw the end of season seven with the ice dragon. Season seven was the first season to be shorten and next season which is at this point being billed as the finale season, though at times I have been questioning that, but I will save that for another blog. Now with this season in the books we were left craving for more but the biggest question we have is when will we get more? This has been a topic of great debate for roughly a year now. We don’t have an official answer just yet but it’s becoming increasingly clear, so I hate to bring everyone bad news but it may be close to 16 months before we see a new episode.
We know the scripts have been written or at least the hackers believe they released the scripts to season eight though there is nothing to confirm these leaks are the scripts but we do know they haven’t begun to film a single episode yet and in the past, film the next well one season is airing. However, this is not the case. Filming is scheduled to begin in October and is expected to last until August which is a good amount of time, this all but confirms that the episodes in season eight will be longer than usually. The rumor right now is each episode would be around two hours which would explain the ten months of filming. The sad part is that the next stage is post production which could take a few months. If you’re doing the math right we are basically in December at this point and not a single episode has aired yet, which means this 16-month gap that’s been around for some time now, is basically true.
Now we have wonder why the long gap like that? Well I have a few ideas but remember they are just ideas. I believe HBO like any other studio or channel wants to drag this out, it’s been no secret that they wanted to this show to be ten seasons long with each season having ten episodes, they realize that wasn’t going to happen because the truth is they don’t have enough material to do so, well at least not to enough without dragging it out.
Now my other idea is that maybe season 8 isn’t the end, just the end for now, there been rumors of spin offs but I am referring to that fact that there are two more books on their way with each book rumored to be 1500 pages long, I would think that would be plenty of material for them to get to ten seasons. The problem is we have no clue on when these books will happen, after all writing 1500-page book can take years let alone write two of them.
I don’t know what will happen in season 8 but I can tell you this much I am dying to see it just as much as you are, but like you I have wait it out, bring on WestWorld.