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As more and more information comes to light regarding Season 8 of Game of Thrones, it's safe to say expectations are high for the show's final episodes. While fans will still likely need to wait until 2019 to watch and give their thoughts, Sophie Turner shared the cast members' reactions to the table read of the finale's six episodes, and it sounds as though the response was overwhelmingly positive:

We had the read-through a while ago and at the end of it, we were all on our feet, applauding and crying. We had everyone there, everyone who's had any part in this. It was amazing. We closed the blinds and shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and had six hours in this room just reading it through and crying and laughing. We had our emotional bit and then we thought, 'Well now we've got eight months. We've still got a while to get through!

That's certainly an intense reaction, and definitely promising for Game of Thrones fans who don't wish to be disappointed by the show's final season. Many people would be hard-pressed to show any extreme emotion after six hours of listening to people read, so the fact that Sophie Turner and others were sobbing and on their feet applauding must surely speak to the power of the end of this series. What is it that was unveiled that got this cast and crew going in such a manner?

The sobbing parts, of course, sound pretty standard of the Game of Thrones experience. After all, it wouldn't be a Game of Thrones season without folks we know and love getting killed, right? That said, Sophie Turner didn't specify to EW whether or not these were sobs of joy or sadness, although it's likely tears were shed to service both emotions during this Season 8 breakdown. Let's just hope as dark as things are bound to get in Season 8, that things eventually turn around and make for a happy ending.

That seems as though it might happen, considering people were standing and applauding following the table reading's conclusion. That's reassuring, at least, because it wouldn't be out of character for George R.R. Martin to end things on a downer note just to taste the tears of Game of Thrones fans for years to come. The question for fans to ponder now is if GoT has a happy ending, which character ruling Westeros would elicit a standing ovation from the cast and crew in attendance?

Game of Thrones' final six episodes are coming to HBO, and it appears more likely than not 2019 will be when fans get a chance to see it. For a list of upcoming programming that television lovers can get into until then, our fall premiere guide and midseason premiere guide are excellent resources for finding the dates and times of new and returning shows. Those curious as to why their favorite show isn't featured on either list might want to head over to our cancellation guide and double check to make sure their favorite show isn't there instead.

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