Season 7 of Game of Thrones was intense from start to finish, with major characters coming together for the very first time after many years far apart. With the Great War between the people of Westeros and the White Walkers looming, the squabbling for the Iron Throne never felt less important than throughout the seventh season. Alliances were made, bonds were broken, and a lot of people died to set up the upcoming eighth and final season of the series. Season 7 only ended back in August, but it's never too early to start preparing for the next batch of episodes. So, read on for our breakdown of what we know so far about the final season of Game of Thrones!

Why Is It Ending?

Fans of the book series on which Game of Thrones is based were probably not surprised to learn that the show would come to an end after eight seasons, but others might have been taken aback that HBO is willing to end the series that is arguably the biggest thing on TV from the past decade. Showrunner David Benioff has revealed that he and co-showrunner Dan Weiss pitched Game of Thrones as one giant story from the beginning rather than as an ongoing series. The show has been building to a conclusion from the very beginning. The finale has been a long time coming, and while it will be a bummer to face the end of the series, we can probably count on a pretty epic ending.

How Many Episodes Are Left?

Season 7 was the shortest season of Game of Thrones to date, clocking in at only seven episodes compared to the usual 10. Well, Season 8 will be even shorter. The final season will run for only six episodes, which means that an awful lot of action will have to be packed into each. That said, the odds are pretty good that we'll get some super-sized episodes like we did in Season 7 that run for more than an hour, so we shouldn't start worrying that there are only six hours left of the series just yet.

When Will Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones debuted later in the year than usual, as the show required more snow for filming now that winter has come to Westeros, and we were waiting more than a year for new episodes. Unfortunately, it's entirely possible that the wait for Season 8 will be even longer. HBO programming president Casey Bloys, as recently as June, was not able to rule out a delay until 2019. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau revealed in August that filming was set to begin in October, and filming could last for as long as six months, if Season 8 production follows the same approximate schedule as the first seven seasons. We may have a while to wait before Season 8, although we'll keep you updated.

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