The final season of the Emmy Award-winning show is expected to reveal which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the Iron Throne.
Production of the final season started in October and filming is expected to last until mid-2018. HBO’s head of programming,Casey Bloys has said multiple endings will be filmed to avoid leaks or hacks of how the saga ends.
Show creators David Benioff and D B Weiss told Entertainment Weeklyin 2016 that they wanted to make the series finale as spectacular as possible. HBO said on Thursday that the duo will also be directing the final season.
The seventh season ended last August with an average of more than 30 million US viewers per episode across multiple platforms. Some of its seven episodes were more than an hour long.
The long gap until the final season would give author George R R Martin the chance to finish one or two new Game of Thrones books that he earlier said he was working on. The television series has already advanced beyond the events of Martin’s five published A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels.
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