We’ve known for a while we won’t be getting a new season of Game of Thrones this year. Set for a spring 2019 release date, HBO long announced season 8 would be the show’s last. While we’re a year away from seeing who will sit on the Iron Throne, it seems filming has wrapped!
According to Watchers on the Wall, the cast had a massive wrap party last week, in Belfast. Cast members from previous ones were around for the celebration, including actors whose characters have been dead for years. These included Khal Drogo actor Jason Momoa and even King Robert, Mark Addy.
It’s still unclear whether this means there’s no more shooting going on, but some actors have already finished their scenes. Joe Dempsie (Gendry) and Hannah Murray (Gilly) finished weeks ago. And one major GoT star is letting her feelings known in social media: Sophie Turner, AKA Sansa Stark.
Wow. My heart is broken and full all at once ♥️ A beautiful, sad, bittersweet day.
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) May 15, 2018
Even if there are still scenes left to shoot, we can’t be very long from the end if Turner already wrapped. Even if Sansa dies, her death would happen late in the season, as she’s one of the last remaining protagonists.
In any case, imagine the amount of CGI this season will need if it wraps a year before its release date. This should give you an idea: Marvel movies take about that long in post-production. One thing is clear: the major battle scene was shot nearly two months ago. Slate reports it took 55 days to film it, for the most massive war scene ever seen on the show. By comparison, the iconic “Battle of the Bastards” episode took 25 day to shoot.
Even when involved in these elaborate scenes, it seems the cast is somewhat in the dark about this season’s events. The cast reportedly filmed multiple endings, so there’s a strong chance nobody really knows what’s happening. Plus, script security was insane this year. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known as Jaime Lannister, told the story on Cannes.
“We actually get the scripts, and then when we’ve shot the scene – and we only have it digitally – and then when you’ve done the scene, it just vanishes,” the actor said, via IndieWire. “It’s like Mission: Impossible. ‘This will self-destruct.’ And then just, whoa.”
Thrones has experienced major leaks during its past few seasons, so it’s understandable HBO wants to keep it tight. The only problem is, we’re still about a year away from knowing what happens in Westeros. We’ll just have to keep our eye on the actors, and maybe someone will let something slip?