This has been eight long years in the making, and although the show’s been absent for the past two years or so, it’s been comforting to know that it’s still there. But what happens when all is said and done, Jon and Dany reign supreme (wishful thinking) and we all have a great, big GoT void in our bellies?
I suppose there’s the prequel. Is anyone actually bothered about that? Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV series needs to get a move on.
Still, at least for the time being we have enough juicy season eight prospects to get our teeth into.
We know the Night King, the commander of the White Walker army, is set to terrorise everyone, but really he’s a man of very few words.
Longtime Thrones actor and stuntman Vladimir Furdik is the bloke who plays the icy conqueror and now he’s finally broken his silence to shed some light on his character’s motives.
Specifically a pret-ty big showdown.
“People will see he has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is,” Furdik told Entertainment Weekly.
“There’s also that moment [in Hardhome, the eighth episode of season five] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms — there’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time.
Oh, and when asked what his all-time favourite Night King scene was, the actor added: “That’s still coming.”
Let’s break this down a little: The most obvious target is Jon Snow and Daenrys, but I get the feeling the Night King could have already killed Jon if he really wanted to.
No, I reckon his secret target is Bran Stark. The Night King has already shown his disdain for the Three-Eyed Raven and his hand in creating the White Walkers with the Children of the Forest, while Bran’s storyline – and all his mystic powers – seems to be leading him to the Night King.
Then there’s the whole ‘Bran’s the Night King’ theory so maybe he just wants to get rid of Bran and in turn prevent his own miserable creation.
Who knows. Well, apart from all the cast and crew…
What we, the ordinary people know, is that the Battle of Winterfell will certainly be epic.
As per Entertainment Weekly in their brilliant, in-depth feature of the battle, it is “expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film, bring[ing] the largest number of GoT major characters together since the show’s debut episode in 2011.”
Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told them:
“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie.”
“This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences. David and Dan [wrote] an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away.”
And so, there’s really little else to do now apart from watch the damn thing.
Here’s the trailer to keep you good people ticking over between now and April 14th.
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