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It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Night King is a force to be reckoned with.

HBO and George R.R. Martin’s undead creation is essentially the harbinger of death – hell, he may even be death incarnate – so it’s small wonder why viewers are looking forward to the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones with a mixture of excitement and genuine trepidation.

Because if there’s one thing Game of Thrones has taught us across its seven-season run, it’s that Westeros and all its Seven Kingdoms come together to form a ruthless, unforgiving cauldron, and we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve grown close to a character, only to watch them bite the bullet in the next episode.

And when it comes to Game of Thrones season 8, there will be a lot of twists and turns as HBO’s fantasy drama nears its conclusion, but we now have reason to believe that some characters are destined for a fate worse than death – which is to say that Viserion won’t be the last thing resurrected by the Night King. Case in point: this new batch of leaked set photos from Thrones‘ last hurrah, which appears to show members of the Dothraki tribe as Wights.

That’ll certainly tip the balance of power toward the Night King, who has already decimated the combined Targaryen army by stealing a dragon and pulverizing part of the wall.

Regardless, it certainly sets the stage for an unmissable finale, and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) believes Game of Thrones is coming to an end at the right time. Not only that, but its “brilliant” curtain call won’t be for everyone:

When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant. I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes, I felt [it was the] conclusion [the show needed]. But we will just have to see. You know with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone. All I can say is that we will be doing what we have done before and the writers have written great episodes. They have had a great strike rate up to now and I am sure that will continue.

Season 8 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has been tentatively earmarked for April 2019, by which point we should have a better understanding of the network’s future-proofing plans regarding those mooted successor series. Word is HBO and Martin are collaborating on five potential story pitches, though there’s no guarantee that they’ll each receive the green light.

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Game Of Thrones star Sean Bean has revealed what was going through Ned Stark’s head moments before his death. While television shows killing off major characters has become almost commonplace now, it was a much rarer occurrence when the first season of Game Of Thrones aired in 2011. Sean Bean was the biggest name in the cast at the time, and Ned Stark was established from the beginning as a noble, righteous character.

Even when he’s captured when attempting to reveal the truth surrounding the death of Jon Arryn, everyone – except those who’ve read the books by George R.R. Martin – expected Ned to come out on top. His beheading on Joffrey’s order still stands as one of the most shocking moments of the show and established that no one was safe. Game Of Thrones went on to prove this rule many times over, with the infamous Red Wedding easily being considered the most heartbreaking moment of the series.

Related: Game Of Thrones Spinoffs Will Be ‘Going Big’ With Budget

In many ways, Ned’s death set off a chain reaction of violence that’s still being felt on Games Of Thrones, but one thing fans have always wondered is what was Ned muttering to himself in his last moments? Numerous theories have popped up surrounding his words, but Bean himself revealed in a new Huffington Post interview that Ned was “... just saying a prayer.

It appears that way, doesn’t it? Couldn’t be too specific, because I don’t know if religion [like that] was around in those days, whatever they were. I just thought, ‘What would you do if this were really gonna happen?’ You probably would pray. You probably would murmur some words and you’d keep it quiet. You’d keep it to yourself.

It’s quite subtle in that many people wouldn’t pick it up. It was an interesting thing to do for me at that point. There’s not much you can do really, you’ve got your head on a block. That’s about the only thing you can do is murmur.

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Theories surrounding Ned’s final words had him saying ‘Valar morghulis,’ or that he left a message for Bran to hear via his time-travelling abilities some day. Some have even suggested it wasn’t really Ned, but a Faceless Man who took his place. Those fans hoping for some kind of Sean Bean cameo in the final season should probably brace for disappointment, as HBO hasn’t been in touch about one.

No, they’ve never said that. And yeah, I’ve heard rumors, but not from very good sources that I might be back. But I think I’ve done my time there, and I created a good character. It’d be rather strange to see him resurrected.

Game Of Thrones is currently gearing up for its final season, which is promising to be an epic conclusion to the saga. Apparently, key members of the cast were crying during a recent table read of the final script, which will feature the deaths of major characters. Theories are also rampant about who will ultimately win, but for now, fans will have to patiently wait until 2019 to see who – if anyone – survives the final battle.

More: What A Jon/Daenerys Pregnancy Could Mean For Game Of Thrones Season 8

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Send a raven, for HBO has quietly launched its official promotional campaign for Game of Thrones season 8.

As the eighth and final installment of HBO’s Song of Ice and Fire, there’s a tremendous amount of excitement swirling around Westeros, as curious viewers attempt to figure out who lives, who dies, and who will be left facing a fate worse than death, which is to say that the Night King will likely resurrect one or two big-name characters as zombified Wights. In fact, Viserion may well be the first of many lost souls to fall into the cold, decaying hands of the Night King, who was last seen leading an undead army beyond the wall and into the northerly kingdoms.

But Daenerys Targaryen still has an ace in the hole in Drogon, the fierce, fire-breathing behemoth who has now reached the size of a jumbo jet. It’s part of the reason why Thrones‘ teasing first poster only features three houses: Targaryen, Stark, and Lannister. Feast thy eyes:

Game of Thrones Season 8 poster

On the other side of the lens, long-time showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who recently landed a coveted Star Wars gig between them, headline HBO’s roster of directors for Game of Thrones season 8. It’ll only be comprised of six episodes in total, with Miguel Sapochnik (“Battle of the Bastards”) and David Nutter (“The Dance of Dragons”), expected to helm those other feature-length installments that Benioff and Weiss leave by the wayside.

Now that the wheels are in motion – word is HBO’s Song of Ice and Fire will reach the finish line before the year’s end – Game of Thrones will stage its last hurrah in April of 2019. And after that? A successor series of some sorts, given HBO is already exploring multiple TV pitches rooted in the rich, sprawling landscape of Westeros.

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As filming continues on Game of Thrones season 8, many of the show’s leading players must feel like they’re walking on eggshells in order to combat spoilers and untimely leaks.

Take Maisie Williams, as an example. The New Mutants actress recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (h/t Cinema Blend) where she was badgered about all things Game of Thrones and its impending series finale. April 2019 has been earmarked as a tentative launch window for season 8, which tells us that production should be all wrapped up before the year’s end.

But for Williams, it seems she’s already laid eyes on the final script, thereby joining an exclusive club that so far includes Kit Harington (Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyron Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and many of the other key chess pieces that make up the Westerosi ensemble.

It’s seemingly an “incredibly moving” finale, while Maisie Williams told Jimmy Kimmel that it was quite surreal to read the closing moments of a TV series that has been on the airwaves for almost a decade, and therefore all of Williams’ adult life. But rest assured, fans can look forward to a fitting finale:

I do, I know the end of Game of Thrones. . . . I was just in my bed, I think, just like reading. It’s just surreal, being on this show for so long, and then it also having the following that it does, it’s just…everyone’s waiting for this moment, and then you read it, and it’s incredible.

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The actress also addressed those rumors that HBO was filming fake scenes in order to throw people off the scent. And, well, it looks like those rumors were just that…rumors:

Well I heard this, and I immediately thought, ‘I don’t think we’ve got the budget to shoot lots of different endings’… But as we know, sometimes presidents don’t always tell the truth.

Comprised of only six episodes in total – down from the usual lot of 10 – Game of Thrones season 8 is expected to take flight next April. Elsewhere on the HBO lineup, the network has received no less than five pitches for a possible Thrones successor series, and though there’s been no announcement just yet, we know George R.R. Martin is actively involved in building a future for Westeros beyond 2019.

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With only six episodes remaining, Game of Thrones enthusiasts (us included!) are currently on a knife’s edge as they draw up weird and wonderful theories about the impending series finale.

Pegged to premiere in April of 2019, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are hard at work wrapping up their Song of Ice and Fire – not so much that they can’t sign up for a new Star Wars trilogy, but you get the drift – and we now have the latest set photos to prove it.

Captured on location in Dubrovnik, Croatia (h/t Digital Spy), these intriguing (and potentially spoiler-sensitive!) pics find Jon Snow meeting with Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey’s crooked, conniving Queen Mother who was last seen plotting a major betrayal in Game of Thrones season 7. Chances are Jon Snow (real name: Aegon Targaryen) is about to confront Cersei and make her see reason or, in the more unlikely scenario, forge a whole new alliance.

Chalk that up as conjecture for now, as HBO tends to keep any and all story details under lock and key – you know, barring those unfortunate leaks that threatened to spoil the surprise of season 7.

What we do know, however, is that Aegon and his long-lost aunt, Daenerys, have joined forces, and are currently headed to Winterfell in order to defend the Stark stronghold from invading forces. Things aren’t looking too good for the northerly fortress, though, after recent set photos showed a massive battle scene taking place in Winterfell’s courtyard.

Production on Game of Thrones season 8 is expected to wrap up before the year’s end, by which point Paint Hall Studios will begin making preparations for Lucasfilm’s planned Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. At least, that’s the latest Star Wars rumor bouncing off the walls of the Internet, which suggests the Powers That Be plan to fire up production in 2019 – right around the time when Episode IX is due to hit theaters.

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Recently revealed concept art for Thor: The Dark World shows how much of an influence Game of Thrones nearly had on the movie. The God of Thunder’s second solo film proved to be another solid hit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it hit theaters back in 2013. It raked in over $640 million at the box office amidst solid reviews, but hey, let’s face it — it’s no one’s favorite Marvel movie.

At the very least, it pales in comparison to its follow-up, Thor: Ragnarok, which recently wrapped up its theatrical run. The threequel debuted to widespread acclaim back in November, and in a year packed with spectacular superhero movies, it’s gone down as one of the very best. Ragnarok‘s release on home media is only a few weeks away, so it’s not a coincidence that fans have recently been treated to a barrage of concept art that was created for the film. From alternate looks for characters like Valkyrie, Hela, and even Thor himself, there’s no shortage of glimpses of what could have been for the MCU smash making their way around the internet.

Related:  Hulk Looks Like Thor in New Ragnarok Concept Art

It’s tough to argue that Ragnarok doesn’t dwarf The Dark World when you pit the two against each other, but that doesn’t mean that the latter can’t play the concept art game just as well. Thor’s second solo outing was directed by Alan Taylor, who was best known for having directed five episodes of the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones prior to taking the MCU gig. The filmmaker’s background clearly had an impact on The Dark Worlds early design work, as evidenced by the artwork that Marvel Studios concept artist Andy Park recently posted online. Check out the Asgardian king’s Winterfell-approved outfit for yourself to see how Thor might look if he spent a few days wandering around north Westeros.

Thor’s armor is a bit more colorful in the piece than it is on the big screen, but the big takeaway here is obviously the grey-brown pelt he’s sporting on his shoulders. While the God of Thunder’s long, blonde locks practically scream House Lannister, he definitely looks like he’d fit right in alongside Jon Snow, Sansa, and the rest of House Stark.

Now that star Chris Hemsworth has expressed an interest in returning for a fourth Thor movie after his contract expires with Avengers 4, it’s safe to say that Ragnarok’s success has managed to revitalize the franchise. Interest in the Asgardian king’s solo outings had waned in the aftermath of the decidedly meh The Dark World, which has gone down as one of the MCU’s weakest entries to date. Perhaps the film would have benefitted from a stronger GoT vibe?

Next: Despite Ragnarok, Thor Is The Weakest Marvel Trilogy

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Batten down the hatches, folks, for the long night is here.

True to those early rumors, Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season won’t arrive until 2019, at which point David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – along with directors David Nutter (“Mother’s Mercy”) and Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardhome,” Battle of the Bastards”) – will see in the six-episode finale.

News of a 2019 release window isn’t all that surprising when you consider that season 8 will ostensibly be built around feature-length episodes. Last year, the seventh season ranged from 59 to 80 minutes, ending with the frankly unmissable finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.” This, coupled with the prolonged production cycle, all but confirms that HBO has no intention of rushing new episodes of Game of Thrones out the gate. And we can’t say we’re complaining.

Story-wise, Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are in charge of developing the season 8 scripts, which will, in time, thrust our beloved characters into “alien environments.” Not only that, but practically every cast member who’s had a pass at the final scripts – from Kit Harington to Sophie Turner and everyone in between – has shed a tear, so our minds are already spinning with the possibilities in store. One thing’s for sure: it’ll be an “incredibly emotional” swan song for all involved, which ought to lay the groundwork for some unmissable television.

It’s the beginning of the end for HBO’s core Westerosi saga: Game of Thrones season 8 will be with us in 2019, by which point we’ll surely have a better understanding of those long-rumored spinoffs. Indeed, the first successor series may well be with us in 2020, if George R.R. Martin’s latest estimate is anything to go by.

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There are many ways to gauge a TV show’s popularity, though one of the most reliable is also the one the networks most despise. I’m talking, of course, about how many people are pirating the series through torrents. And now, with 2018 fast approaching, prominent Torrent site Torrent Freak has totted up the numbers and worked out a top ten of thievery.

Somewhat predictably, Game of Thrones is number one on the list of most pirated TV series. The show is wildly popular, with HBO’s fantasy epic reserved to premium subscription services, thus creating a motive for cash-strapped or tight-fisted pirates to avoid paying for it. Plus, there were the widely publicized leaks from the show, further driving up pirate traffic.

Number two is The Walking Dead and three is The Flash, followed by The Big Bang Theory (Really, pirates? Really?). Three newcomers to the list, meanwhile, fill out spots five to seven – Rick and MortyPrison Break and the BBC’s Sherlock – while Vikings comes in at eighth, Suits at ninth and Arrow tenth.

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While no production company would trumpet getting on the list as a success, it at least proves that viewers are so hungry to watch these shows that they’ll go to illicit ends to get their hands on them. Still, a series descending the list should worry a little that their popularity is diminishing: you’d imagine that the news that Arrow has dropped five places from 5th in 2016 to 10th in 2017 indicates that audiences are losing interest just a bit, right?

All this said, each year the rates of torrenting decreases. Far more prevalent now is piracy via streaming, with a plethora of spyware and crypto-miner laden video sites popping up in the seedier corners of the web enticing viewers with the promise of the latest shows in HD quality. I’m sure there are aren’t many pirates among the esteemed and noble readers of We Got This Covered, but on the off-chance there are, let us know what you think of all this in the comments section down below.

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“The Long Night is coming, and the dead come with it.”

After almost 70 hours’ worth of politically-infused drama of fallen kings and fire-breathing dragons, Game of Thrones is barrelling down on its epic, six-part conclusion. Similar to its predecessor, the eighth season has favored quality over quantity, and the end result is seemingly an “incredibly emotional” journey for the leading players of Westeros.

But it’s also one that will thrust our heroes (and villains!) into “alien environments.” That’s according to John Bradley, who plays the soft-spoken Samwell Tarly on HBO’s fantasy juggernaut.

Via TV Guide, Bradley warned viewers that Game of Thrones season 8 will stretch its characters like never before.

Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they’ve never been placed in before. The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond… This season, I think more than any other, is stretching these characters.

Unfortunately, Bradley doesn’t specify whether these new environments are literal or figurative. Last we checked in on Samwell Tarly, he had arrived in Winterfell with news that Jon Snow and Aegon Targaryen are one and the same, but this comment suggests that season 8 will include some pretty huge character developments come 2019.

Couple this with the fact that an undead army marches on Westeros, and it’s all but certain that Game of Thrones‘ swan song will include a handful of reanimated, blue-eyed characters – characters who have fallen prey to the Night King. Watch this space for more.

Following an explosive seventh season in which allies became enemies and friends became fiends (sorry, Viserion), Game of Thrones is expected to stage its last hurrah in the summer of 2019. HBO’s Song of Ice and Fire doesn’t end there, though, as the network is said to have drawn up multiple successor series from George R.R. Martin and a number of other big-name screenwriters.

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The American Film Institute has announced its official lists of films and television programs that will be honored at the AFI Awards on January 5, 2018. Each year, the AFI Awards honors the best-of-the-best ten films and ten television programs which represent the year’s most significant accomplishments in the art of the moving image. Last year, honorees included films Arrival, La La Land, Moonlight, TV programs like The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and more. This year’s AFI juries include AFI Board of Trustees vice chairs Tom Pollock and Richard Frank for film and television, respectively. The juries also feature artists like Judd Apatow, Paris Barclay, Halle Berry, Jay Cassidy, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Getzinger.

This year, the honorees range from DC Comics films to indie titles and horror films that represent the year 2017 and the milestones the film and television industries made regarding culture, equality, progression, storytelling and more. To no one’s surprise, Patty Jenkin’s empowering Wonder Woman made the list. Another notable honoree is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, a stunning and surreal look at racism in America under the guise of a clever horror/thriller. On the television side, it was no surprise that HBO’s massive fantasy series Game of Thrones picked up an honor, since it’s been honored every year since it premiered in 2011, but other excellent and new series like The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies were also recognized.

Related: The Shape of Water Leads Critics’ Choice Awards Nominees

A new report on Variety lists all the AFI Awards honorees for this year’s best films and television programs. The report also confirms a special award for Ken Burns’ multi-part event The Vietnam War, which features interviews with 79 witnesses – including Americans who fought in the war or opposed it – and Vietnamese combatants and civilians from the North and South. Here are the lists of honorees:

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The AFI’s moves of the year are:

“The Big Sick”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Wonder Woman”

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The AFI’s TV programs of the year are:

“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Place”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Master of None”
“Stranger Things 2”
“This Is Us”

There is one glaring and surprising film missing from the films of the year list though – the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. While the film hasn’t been screened to critics yet, it’s surprising becasue in 2015 the AFI postponed its announcement so The Force Awakens could be included in the list. Why the announcement wasn’t postponed for Star Wars like it was during 2015 is unknown to us, but it could be that becasue there are so many fantastic films that came out earlier in the year that took precedence over a movie that hasn’t hit theaters yet.

Whether The Last Jedi is recognized by the AFI or not, here’s to hoping that it’s a fantastic film that can rest easily alongside stand-out 2017 titles like Wonder Woman and Get Out.

MORE: The Post Named Best Film of 2017 By NBR

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Source: Variety

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