It’s nearly time for the next – and final – season of Game of Thrones .
Winter has come.
It’s been a long journey for all, from Jon Snow to the Mother of Dragons, the Starks and Cersei.
Game of Thrones’ eighth season brings George RR Martin’s story to its close, but what do we know about the new season?
Here’s what we know about Game of Thrones to catch you up before it returns to HBO and Sky Atlantic.
Game of Thrones season 8 UK release date
Game of Thrones will aired season 8 episode 1 on April 15, 2019 , on Sky Atlantic at 2am GMT, followed by a second showing at 9pm GMT.
The 2am screening is the live simulcast with the HBO airing in the US (April 14).
The episode is available on NOW TV and Sky on Demand from the live airing.
Game of Thrones season 8 cast
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
The Lannister sibling and Hand of Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime Lannister
The former Head of the Queensguard for his sister Queen Cersei Lannister.
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
The Queen on the Iron Throne.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
The Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, the Khaleesi, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, you get the idea.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)
The King in the North who has bent the knee and become the lover of Daenerys Targaryen – but he’s actually her nephew and the heir to the Iron Throne.
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
The chief advisor of Jon Snow, a former smuggler.
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
The Lady of Winterfell is not pleased to bow to Daenerys Targaryen.
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
The violent Stark sister is amazed to see some dragons.
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
The Ironborn prince determined to save his sister.
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
The translator and advisor to Daenerys.
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
The knight sworn to protect the Stark sisters.
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
A maester-in-training and friend to Jon Snow.
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
The Three-Eyed Raven.
Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Conleth Hill as Varys
The eunuch and advisor to Daenerys.
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
The Red Priestess.
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
The leader of the Wildlings, allied with Jon Snow.
Hannah Murray as Gilly
The wildling lover of Samwell.
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
The former mercenary and friend of the Lannister brothers.
Joe Dempsie as Gendry
The bastard son of King Robert Baratheon.
Iain Glenn as Jorah Mormont
The friend and advisor of Daenerys.
Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy
The King of the Iron Islands.
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion
The sole survivor of the Brotherhood Without Banners, has been resurrected multiple times.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
The titanic zombie henchman of Cersei.
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
The commander of the Unsullied.
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
The squire of Brienne of Tarth.
Anton Lesser as Qyburn
The scientist and Hand of Queen Cersei.
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully
The former Lord of Riverrun.
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont
The Lady of Bear Island, ally of the Starks.
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn
The Lord of the Vale.
Rupert Vansittart as Yohn Royce
A Knight of the Vale.
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy
Theon’s sister and prisoner of Euron.
Vladimir Furdick as the Night King
The leader of the Army of the Dead.
Marc Rissman as Harry Strickland
A new character and commander of the mercenary army known as the Golden Company, employed by Cersei.
Game of Thrones season 8 trailers
There have now been multiple trailers for the upcoming series.
There was firstly a teaser showing Jon, Sansa, and Arya in the crypts of Winterfell.
We have since been treated to two main trailers of footage.
A recent final teaser suggested many lives would be lost in the Battle of Winterfell.
The first clip we were treated to was called Together, showing Daenerys and Jon Snow. The second called Survival extended a scene we’ve seen previously of Jon Snow by a weirwood tree. This time we see Arya Stark behind him.
The HBO network trailers also gave us a few clips with the HBO 2019 video showing Jon and Sansa hugging.
The extended look featured a look at Daenerys meeting Stansa.
How many episodes in Game of Thrones season 8?
The first six seasons all had 10 episodes, season 7 only had seven. Similarly season 8 will only have six episodes. The original idea had been to have three feature-length films, but HBO went against the decision.
The runtime has also been confirmed. The third episode will be the longest.
Episode 1 – Winterfell : 54 minutes
Episode 2 – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms : 58 minutes
Episode 3 – The Long Night : 1 hour 22 minutes
Episode 4 – The Last of the Starks : 1 hour 18 minutes
Episode 5 – The Bells : 1 hour 20 minutes
Episode 6 – The Iron Throne : 1 hour 20 minute
How much were the cast paid?
There’s rumours abounding when it comes to how much each cast member was paid.
With each episode rumoured to cost $15 million it may not surprise you that the bill for the cast is also pretty high.
Variety has said previously Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington and Lena Headey all got $500,000 per episode – that’s £384,000.
Game of Thrones season 8 plot
We know hardly anything about the plot thanks to the secrecy that surrounds the show, but we do know there will be a massive battle.
The crew is thought to have spent 55 days filming a big battle in Northern Ireland.
The battle was nicknamed The Long Night by crew who spent ages – months and months – creating the set.
Director Miguel Sapochnik, who was behind Battle of the Bastards, said he was inspired by Helms Deep in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
We can also expect Jon Snow and Daenerys to find out they’re related in an awkward moment.
Weiss has said once Jon knows it’s “no longer about who Jon’s parents are. It’s about what happens when Jon finds out. “
Game of Thrones finale
How will it all end? That’s the main question, and again there’s not a ton of information. HBO is keeping quiet, but the cast and crew have said a few things. Emilia Clarke said Daenerys’ final moments “f**ked me up”.
Others said it was “satisfying” but “bloodier”.
Peter Dinklage said the showrunners “end it brilliantly”.
The showrunners themselves have said it’s similar to Breaking Bad. Weiss said: “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. I’m hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?'”
Major leaks – do not read if you want to avoid spoilers
There is a leaked description of episode one online. Reddit user TheRealFikiDoctor shared it on the site, but fans were angry the user had spoilered the beginning on season eight.
The leak is still up, but it would spoil too much to share here.