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While hardcore TV viewers have moved onto fall premiers, the Game of Thrones fandom is still reeling from its whirlwind seventh season. The show's latest installment delivered big time in regards to reunions, new character pairings, and stunning action sequences. And with just a handful of episodes left to conclude Westeros' story forever, the pressure is on for Game to craft an appropriately high stakes final season. The cast is already teasing just that, in particular John Bradley aka Samwell Tarley. He recently spoke to Season 8's contents, claiming every episode will feel like a season best.
I think what we used to call Episode 9 in Game of Thrones folklore --- the episode when everything comes to a head and you get a lot of spectacular sequences --- I think you're gonna get six 'Episode 9s' this year. You can tell that because we've got directors who have been in charge of some of the most huge setpieces in the past doing episodes all throughout the season.
Did anyone else just get chills? It sounds like Season 8 is going to be even more punched up than its predecessor, which should be enticing for the fans, some of which have been following the narrative of George R.R. Martin's novels for decades.
John Bradley's comments to HuffPo reference the show's infamous 9th episodes. Episode 9 of Game of Thrones typically had the most outlandish action and death sequences, especially in its first five seasons. A season worth of chaos would boil over in each season's penultimate episode, and we'd be privy to the fallout through Episode 10 aka season finale.
Some infamous Episode 9 moments include Tyrion's use of wildfire in the Battle of Blackwater, the horrifying Red Wedding, and the Battle of the Bastards.The past two seasons have also flipped the script by crafting an equally enthralling season finale, but the 9th episode tradition is one that the hardcore fans obsess over. John Bradley knows his audience, and knows what a claim like that will mean to the community.
John Bradley's comments about Game of Thrones Season 8 may also help to calm the critics who are antsy for a new installment. Because each of the final six episodes are being teased as being almost movie-like, production and editing will take quite a bit of time. We currently don't have a timeline on when to expect Season 8, but most guess that it won't happen anytime in 2018. But if each episode really delivers like the cast is teasing, it'll hopefully be worth it.
Game of Thrones doesn't currently have a release date for Season 8, but you can binge watch the first seven through HBO's on demand apps and services. And while you wait, be sure to check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.