'Game of Thrones' season eight episodes to be as shocking as the Red Wedding
After eight years, plenty of incredible memories and so, so many deaths, do you know what I'm not excited for at all? The final season of Game of Thrones.
I'm being facetious, of course, but fans of the show will have been aware of a kind of worrying trend in the show; it's becoming a little bit predictable.
When Ned Stark had his head on the block, we were all pretty sure someone would come to save him (spoiler: we were wrong), but by the time season seven drew to a close, all of our faves were pretty much guaranteed to make it to the next round of the Game of Thrones.
That final season is just around the corner! Check out the official season eight trailer below:
But ahead of the final season, the director of one of the show's most infamous episodes - in this writer's opinion, the moment where Game of Thrones peaked - says that you're not prepared for what's about to happen in this final season.
David Nutter, who directed season three's The Rains of Castamere - better known to Game of Thrones emotional support groups as the one with the Red Wedding in it - says that season eight is packed full of similarly shocking moments, speaking to the Metro about what's on the horizon.
When asked about whether there were similar twists and turns to come, Nutter replied "the short answer is – yes!", and he's even gone into detail about the intense, hard work that's gone into filming this final season. "Battle scenes are just incredibly exhausting for all concerned," Nutter said.
"I can’t say that it’s more draining or less draining to be the director of the episode, but I will say that we’re all in the same boat, actors and director, when it comes to really bringing our 'A game' to the fore.
Having said that, they are, at the same time, sometimes tedious – because there’s so much minute detail to deal with, from both an acting and directing standpoint."
Sounds exciting, doesn't it? But ahead of the final season curtain raiser this weekend, Game of Thrones showrunner DB Weiss warned that the next six episodes won't be everybody's cup of tea. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, he said:
"We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions.
There is no version where everybody says, 'I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this' — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist."
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has already moved on from the show - he's already shaved off Jon Snow's classic beard:
Exciting stuff, right? Well, if you were somehow not excited for the final season of Game of Thrones, I'm sure you are now. Tune in this weekend to episode one of Game of Thrones' final season, so I have somebody to talk to about all the crazy stuff that went down.