Game of Thrones fans, this one is for you! The long, anguishing anticipation for season 8 is apparently worth every minute: an epic, giant, battle scene-to-end-all-battle-scenes is waiting for us in the series’ next season.
The Source of It All
A now-deleted Instagram post by the assistant director of the series, Jonathan Quinlan, reportedly captioned an image “You’ll never again see anything like it.” The image also showed a thank you note from the “Producer Types” (perhaps producers and showrunner of the series, i.e., David Benioff).
The note pictured in the post thanked the GoT crew and cast for enduring weeks of shooting for just one scene. Quinlan IG’s caption read: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never see anything like it”. The note from the producers said – “When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won’t know how hard you worked. They don’t care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures. They’ll just understand that they’re watching something that’s never been done before.”
Speculation and Comparison
GoT fan forums and groups online exploded with speculation about season 9’s epic battle. Commentators were already theorizing about how this epic battle would compare to the previous season’s spectacle, dubbed Battle of the Bastards by fans. The Battle of the Bastards sequence took 25 days to film, 80 horses and 500 extras. How big will this reported battle scene be? The production team of Game of Thrones is obviously extremely tight-lipped.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
The Game of Thrones team is keeping a tight watch on the cast and crew to avoid a catastrophe like in 2015 when the first four episodes of season 5 of GoT were leaked online. HBO and other production companies regularly send out links with future episodes for PR promotion to journalists.HBO watermarked the copies with specific codes, so they could track them in case of leaks. In 2015, the reviewer simply blurred out their serial code, and to this day it is unknown who spoiled the season. It seems that HBO learned a harsh lesson from this incident and is now very cautious. This is why details of the upcoming season are next to impossible to find.
Smart Game of Thrones PR Trick?
Obviously, we don’t know who battles who in the next season and where and over what – perhaps it’s the final battle we’ve all been looking forward to (the White Walkers versus Jon Snow + Khaleesi + dragons + Queen Cersei + basically everyone??) – but the leak has been making internet tsunamis ever since. Perhaps it was a planned PR stunt – not that GoT needs it – or maybe it was just a proud crew member’s need for recognition. Whatever it is, it made us thirsty for the Seven Kingdoms’ final showdown.
The next highly-anticipated Game of Thrones season will premiere in spring of 2019 and consist of eight episodes. Most of them will be as long as a feature film – meaning around 90 (!) minutes. Oh, winter is definitely coming.