Jon and Daenerys unite in first pic from Game of Thrones’ eighth and remaining season

Fire meets Ice. Fire melts Ice. A person stops singing? The first official set photograph from Game of Thrones‘ eighth and remaining season has surfaced, gracing the duvet of the newest version of Entertainment Weekly.

And by the seems of it, keen followers can anticipate main sparks between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen as HBO’s Emmy-winning fantasy sequence, based mostly on George R.R. Martin’s epic cycle of novels A Song of Ice and Fire, lastly attracts to an in depth.

But who will sit on the Iron throne when all is claimed and executed is one other matter, and one not simply resolved as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss end up post-production on the remaining six episodes, scheduled to premiere in 2019.

When we left them on the finish of Season 7, the King within the North and Mother of Dragons joined forces to face the invading horde of White Walkers, led by the Night King, who, using an undead Viserion, destroyed the Wall to start their southward march into the guts of Westeros.

Of course, as we all know, Jon and Dany, performed by Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, respectively, turned extra than simply allies, and the ultimate season will certainly see the lovers grappling with the massive revelation uncovered by Bran because the Three-Eyed Raven: that the 2 are nephew and aunt, as Jon’s actually Aegon Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark (after the 2 secretly married) and the true inheritor to the Iron Throne.

Given the large stakes concerned, it is no shock Game of Thrones‘ makers are taking their candy time. Production on the ultimate season stretched to 10 months and contains one other yr of submit to deal with the difficult visible results. But getting it completely good is crucial, as Season eight is anticipated to showcase what’s being touted as the largest battle in TV historical past, which took an unprecedented 55 nights to shoot. But all to the great, says the person who would (reluctantly) be king.

“It’s relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot,” Harington informed EW. “”They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way, so they have options.”

And the entire course of has been so secretive that HBO has taken to deploying “drone killers” to take out any drones that may have been flying above the set to spy on the motion; not less than that was the phrase from Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) throughout her New York Comic Con look earlier this month.

Since wrapping their roles, all of Game of Thrones‘ principal actors ended up getting GOT-inspired tattoos to mark their time on the present (Turner acquired House Stark’s dire wolf sigil with the phrase “the pack survives,” whereas Clarke inked a tat of her beloved three dragons on her wrist).

For Arya Stark’s Maisie Williams, saying goodbye to a personality she’s performed since childhood was troublesome, however she described her remaining scene as “beautiful and perfect.” While Tyrion Lannister’s Peter Dinklage described his final day on set as “beautifully bittersweet.”

Even Sean Bean, who performed Ned Stark method again within the first season, acquired in on the sport. The actor informed The Hollywood Reporter lately he could also be popping up in a reunion particular Conan O’Brien is placing collectively to air when Game of Thrones takes its remaining bow. Of course, as everyone knows, Ned infamously misplaced his head, leaving viewers to look at because the youthful Starks have needed to fend for themselves these final seven years.

Now that they are all grown up and the whole lot’s lastly coming to a head, HBO can be transferring ahead with its extremely anticipated prequel spinoff, reportedly dubbed The Long Night, and tapped Naomi Watts and Valley Girl actor Josh Whitehouse to star. But will probably be a while earlier than we see what comes of that, as first we’ve Westeros to save lots of.

While no official airdate has been introduced but, Game of Thrones‘ remaining season is slated to bow within the first half of 2019.

We cannot wait!

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