Winter is coming – again. Along with LOTS of rumors. We have compiled a few of the most interesting ones…
Games of Thrones fans do lots of waiting. They wait half decades for George ‘Slowhand’ Martin to finish books, and they also wait – at their computers, with their noses pressed against the monitor – for any and all rumors, whispers, gossip and lies about the next season of HBO’s insanely successful adaption of these books.
So to make the wait slightly less painful, here are a few things our little birds have told us in regards to 2019’s season 8…
HBO has not announced an official date for the 2019 season.
The latest season has wrapped, but no hard release date has yet been given. Season 7 premiered on the 16th of July 2017, so it is assumed that Season 8 will premiere in July 2019.
Arya may die?
Arya may die this season. In a recent Instagram post, the young actress who plays Arya Stark (Maise Williams) showed herself wearing blood-covered sneakers and had a few interesting things to say. This is totally left to speculation, but if she does die, she is obviously going out – true Arya style – in a hell of a fight!
Tyrion may have Targaryen blood?
Multiple fanboy clickbait sites, and the fans themselves, have often gossiped that Tyrion’s lineage might be as twisted as Jon Snow’s. Uncountable sources have speculated that Tyrion is actually the bastard son of Joanna Lannister and Aerys Targaryen, making him Daenerys’s half-brother. Think of the possibilities here? If this is true, this could potentially put Westeros’s biggest little guy on the Iron Throne. We at Instabamm have always believed it would be Tyrion to be the last man standing – but when it comes to GOT, you just never know.
The most well-researched article on this theory was in the UK’s Independent HERE. If these theories are to come to fruition, it would have to be in the coming season, when Tyrion will truly have to embrace his inner dragon in the fight for Westeros’s survival against the White Walkers. This will make for amazing cinematic TV, and is a theory all fans hope comes true.
Sansa becomes boss?
Sansa takes full charge of House Stark from Jon (Kit Harington). Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, said this to Digital Spy: “She’s a real, true leader of Winterfell now,” Turner said, “And that’s where we first see her — as a very protective, empowered lady in charge. It’s the first time you ever see her like that, and it’s so amazing to see her like that — kind of owning her destiny.”
A MASSIVE battle scene is assured.
The mother of all GOT battles will go down in season 8, and took 55 days to film.
In an Instagram post that has now been removed, assistant director Jonathan Quinlan captioned a thank-you to his crew: “55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.”
The Mountain may die – for good this time.
Interviewed in January 2018, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays the eerily silent psychopath Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane, wasn’t very generous with information about the upcoming season. As a consequence, fans have speculated on the length of his involvement – figuring it will be short and bloody. It is assumed by many that he and his brother Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane (Rory McCann) will finally get to kill each other. If so, this his would have to be one of the most anticipated scenes in TV history, and will be incredibly well received by diehard GOT audiences.
Lots and lots of characters will die.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, HBO senior VP Francesca Orsi hinted that the final moments of Game of Thrones are going to be the end for many. Talking about the last practice-read with the whole cast, she described it as “a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers” and added further, “None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths. By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes.”
No happy endings here it seems. Maybe satisfying, but definitely not happy. As morbid as it will undoubtedly be, let’s just hope they don’t TLJ it! We will keep you posted.
(TLJ means The Last Jedi – which, in this context, can be further explained as not finishing something, or doing it in a very lazy fashion. Making something obscure, half-assed and silly. Not caring about the audience. Having little or no thought for continuity. Totally fucking something up).