Unlike the very first 6 periods, which included 10 episodes each, and also the 7th period, which included 7 episodes, the 8th period contains just 6 episodes.
The last period illustrates the end result of the collection' 2 key disputes: the Great War versus the Army of the Dead, and also the Last War for control of the Iron Throne. In the very first fifty percent of the period, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and also most of the primary personalities assemble at Winterfell to encounter the Dead. During the lengthy, bloody fight, that includes airborne fight by dragons, Bran tempts the Night King right into the open, where Arya ruins him; the military of White Walkers and also wights fall apart. Meanwhile, Cersei Lannister continues to be in King's Landing and also enhances her pressures to establish catches for a compromised Daenerys. The 2nd fifty percent of the period returns to the battle for the throne as Daenerys endures losses till she lastly attacks King's Landing on Drogon, her last dragon. She beats Cersei's pressures, burns the city and also eliminates Cersei and also her sibling Jaime. Daenerys swears to “liberate” the entire globe as she has actually freed the resources of Westeros. Unable to persuade her from her devastating course, a struggled Jon eliminates her. Drogon flies away with her body. The leaders of Westeros pick Bran Stark as King, that gives the North freedom and also assigns Tyrion his Hand. Sansa Stark is crowned Queen in the North. Arya cruises west, and also Jon leads the Wildlings north of the Wall.
The period was shot from October 2017 to July 2018 and also mostly contains initial material not discovered in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and also Fire collection, while likewise including product that Martin has actually exposed to showrunners concerning the upcoming books in the collection, The Winds of Winter and also A Dream of Spring. The period was adjusted for tv by David Benioff and also D. B. Weiss.
The period was met blended testimonials from movie critics, as opposed to the extensive recognition of previous periods, and also is the lowest-rated of the collection on the internet site Rotten Tomatoes. While the efficiencies, manufacturing worths, cinematography, and also songs rating were commended, objection was mostly routed at the writing and also much shorter runtime of the period, in addition to countless imaginative choices made by the showrunners.
The period got 32 elections at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, one of the most for a solitary period of tv in background. It won twelve, consisting of Outstanding Drama Series and also Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage.
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
- Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
- Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
- Kit Harington as Jon Snow
- Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
- Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
- Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
- Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
- John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
- Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
- Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
- Conleth Hill as Varys
- Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
- Jerome Flynn as Bronn
- Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
- Joe Dempsie as Gendry
- Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
- Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
- Hannah Murray as Gilly
- Carice van Houten as Melisandre
HBO introduced the 8th and also last season of the fantasy drama tv collection Game of Thrones in July 2016. Like the previous season, it largely consists of original content not found in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and also Fire series. As Benioff had verified in March 2015, the creators have talked with Martin about the end of the series, and they “know where things are heading.” He explained that the ends of both the television and the book series would unavoidably be thematically similar, although Martin could still make some changes to surprise the readers. When asked about why the television series is coming to an end, he said, “this is where the story ends.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that instead of the series finale's being a feature film, the final period would be “six one-hour movies” on television. He continued, “The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so than film. What they're doing is monumental.” Filming officially began on October 23, 2017, and concluded in July 2018. Many exterior scenes were filmed in Northern Ireland as well as a few in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Paint Hall Studios in Belfast were used for interior filming. The dire wolf scenes were filmed in Alberta, Canada.
The eighth period saw the return of Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully and also Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn in the last episode, neither of whom appeared in the 7th period. Marc Rissmann was cast as Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company.