Anticipation Is High For The Start of “Game of Thrones” – in April


The premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones” is months away, but you’d think it was airing next week with all the media attention, HBO “catch up” marathons and fan chatter.

SBR’s top-rated betting sites, including BetOnline and William Hill, also have been feeding the fire by offering prop bets on Season 8. It’s a fun way to be part of the action by diving into theories and speculation while researching your wager.

Those bets are:  who will die first, who sits upon the Iron Throne at the end and a more risqué wager on who will appear topless first in the season. Is it too much to ask that it be Jaime Lannister?

So, everyone take a chill pill. (Insert your own Winter is Coming pun here).

What We Think We Know

Facts, aka spoilers, that many are most interested in are few and far between, sorry. But now that filming is complete you should expect some morsels to escape the lips of the “GOT” cast and crew.

HBO, too, has been stingy with information, throwing fans a bone in mid-November announcing the Emmy-winning series would debut in April. No specific date, however.

The final season of Game of Thrones will only have six episodes, rather than the usual 10 viewers come to expect. There have been rumors those six episodes will be longer, possibly 90-minutes to two hours, but that has not been confirmed.

We do know of the general vision for the next six episodes, courtesy of Executive producer Bryan Cogman who told Entertainment Weekly:

“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.”

With all due respect, Mr. Cogman, that also could be the plotline for “The Wizard of Oz.”

“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.”

Oh, we’ll also see at least one direwolf, according to director David Nutter.


The Speculation

A few British newspapers, most notably the Daily Express, and websites have offered up speculation, theories and alleged spoilers, based on trailers, photographs, whispers. And fans, craving any news are gobbling up the morsels quickly.

Such as:

Everyone is going to die. Yes, that would be very “GOT”-like but probably not very realistic.
Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow recently posted a photo of himself with short-hair which made some fans apoplectic. Does Snow not survive? Does this mean he won’t appear in any spin-offs? Since he’s had the long curly locks since, well, forever maybe he just wanted a new ‘do. One word – weave. Another word – wig.

Back to everyone dying. People are worried that a Drogo-size battle will cause many characters to perish. It doesn’t help that Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, told EW that a battle occurs that “makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”

Many believe this said battle will include White Walkers, well, walking through Westeros.
On Reddit, Leotaku8 suggested there will be a clash of the titans – Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister, noting parallels between the characters “that would make for an interesting dynamic.”

More Westeros Coming

In June, HBO announced that a pilot had been ordered for a “GOT” prequel which will take place thousands of years before the era of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister. It is set to focus on “The Long Night,” a time in the dark history of Westeros when humans and the White Walkers first clashed.

And according to the mastermind behind the obsession, author George R.R. Martin, there also are several “GOT” spinoffs in development. Sigh, can we get this one done before we move on? Apparently, no.

Martin also still hasn’t completed writing “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the novel series that serves as the base for the series. The sixth “GOT” novel, “The Winds of Winter” that has been delayed so many times we’ve lost count won’t publish before the series ends.  Hmm, how does THAT work?

What We Don’t Know

Is it possible Daenerys and Jon (Aegon) will share the throne? Will they battle to the death? Will we see Jon on a dragon? Will Jaime kill his sister Cersei – or will they kill each other? Will there be a dragon fight? Will the Stark sisters continue to play nice? Will Tyrion betray Daenerys? Did Beric and Tormund survive the frying of the wall?

Do you sense a trend? We don’t know a lot. See you April!