While the rest of us have to wait until 2019 for the HBO show to return, Entertainment Weekly was on set as the show filmed its series finale and we've never been more jealous. Speaking with the cast and crew, the publication leaked just a few details of what to expect and it sounds absolutely epic.
When the show left off, the Night King and his army of Whitewalkers crossed the wall, setting up a battle between the living and the dead that will be the most extreme Westeros has ever seen.
"It's brutal," Dinklage told the magazine. "It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park."
According to the report, filming of the climactic battle took up 55 nights -- and that was just for the outdoor portions of the fight. Filming continued for weeks inside a studio for the rest of it. In comparison, "Battle of the Bastards" filmed for 25 days.
"Having the largest battle doesn't sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring," creator David Benioff explained. "Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel's challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we've been building toward this since the very beginning, it's the living against the dead, and you can't do that in a 12-minute sequence."
Before that major battle, however, some of the major players will meet up in Winterfell, which has had its sets expanded for the final season. The season will open with Daenerys' army arriving, followed by a "thrilling and tense intermingling of characters -- some of whom have never particularly met, many of whom have messy histories." One of those awkward meetups is between Dany and Sansa, the latter of whom is described as not being "thrilled" with Jon's new lady. "At least not at first," noted EW.
"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," co-executive producer Bryan Cogman said. "It's an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honors very much what George [R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head."
Star Kit Harington was certainly caught by surprise when he showed up for the first table read of the final six episodes, which he didn't want to read before sitting down with the rest of the cast. He ended up crying twice, but wouldn't (or, more likely, couldn't) explain why he teared up the first time.
"The second time was the very end," he revealed. "Every season, you read at the end of the last script 'End of Season 1,' or 'End of Season 2. This read 'End of Game of Thrones.'"
The final season will premiere sometime in the first half of 2019 on HBO.