Whenever there is a piece of information on the final season of Game of Thrones, the world looks on eagerly. Everything around the last season has been protected with fierce intensity. Now after more than a year sinceseason 7concluded on screen, we have the first official picture from the lands of season 8.
The cover of this week’sEntertainment Weeklyfeatures the first official photo from the set of Game of Thrones season 8. It shows Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) clad in winter-wear, standing in a protective and loving embrace in the snow. The EW’s issue carries the first look at the end game that leads to a conclusion of A Song of Ice and Fire.
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The executive producer on the show, Bryan Cogmanprovided exclusive insights on the final season. “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,”Cogman says.
He continued, “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.”
It was a long shoot, one that has lasted almost 10 months. And the production will still go on before the show returns somewhere in the first half of 2019. The cast and crew, in this period, has been on a grind to make everything asclimacticand on-point as possible.
Kit Harington elaborated, “It’s relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot.” He furthered,“They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options.”
Emilia Clarke echoed Kit’s thoughts,“[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.”
As the winds around the latest Game of Thrones spinoff,The Long Night gather momentum, the great battle to avoid it in present-day Westeros is gathering warmup too. Let’s hope it’s going to be a chilling marathon. What are your thoughts on this first look? Tell us in the comments.