HBO boss says every episode of the 'Game of Thrones' final season is like watching a movie
It's been a hot minute since the last time we visited Westeros, with the two-year break between seasons stretching our patience to its limits. Now the wait is just that little bit easier, as we know that we're at least in the same year as the fantasy series' final season.
In fact, the feeling was so good, HBO knew it could throw that news out there like we all achieved something special:
It's definitely easier looking forward to the show now it's only a few months out - not just because we're edging closer to the airdate (April can't come soon enough), but because this means we'll start seeing more and more of it in the marketing. We're still hoping that a full-length trailer will drop sometime soon, but in the meantime we have to make do with what we have, and it's still very exciting.
Earlier this week we got a brief snippet of a look at the upcoming season, as a part of a reel showing off all HBO has to offer in 2019. The short clip is only a few seconds long, but shows off a major moment for fans of the series: Daenerys Targaryen meeting Sansa Stark. Knowing the way the eldest Stark daughter was feeling last season, it looks to be a tense moment.
The final season is only meant to be six episodes long, but according to multiple sources they're set to be much longer and far more intense than anything we've seen before. We could be seeing episodes over 90 minutes long according to some rumours, and from what HBO chief Richard Plepler has been saying recently, these rumours may be on the right track.
Speaking with Variety at the Golden Globes awards, Plepler was of course asked about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Promising a grand scale for the end of the show, he explained that these episodes were more akin to movies than television.
In addition to this , he said that the showrunners behind this gargantuan task, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, raised the stakes for the final instalments of the show.
“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie'
“They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production."
He's not the only person behind the project to be hyping up the drama on the way to our screens in the Spring either. Gwendoline Christie, who is best known for playing Brienne of Tarth, warned fans that they're really in for it come April.
"You're going to need therapy," Christie said in an interview with E! News. "I think just the show ending is going to send all of the world into professional help. I think it's going to make me incredibly emotional. We're all emotional about the fact that this is the end, and this is the end of something incredibly significant for all of us, and it's been a truly incredible thing to be a part of."