This is what we’ve come to when it comes to learning the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere date — an announcement about an announcement.
In a new post on Twitter today, HBO confirmed that we will learn the official start date for the final batch of episodes this weekend — prior to the start of True Detective on sunday night. It’s a brilliant promotional play for the third season of that show, but beyond that it’s an opportunity to make an event around the premiere date.
This is of course the point where we remind you that in 2017, HBO did one of the dumbest things imaginable in making us watch a giant block of ice melt in order to get the season 7 premiere date out there. It’s clearly one of those things that we wish never happened and the world could have been so much happier on the other side.
We know already that the final batch of episodes will be launching at some point in April, but the specifics of the date still are up in the air. Our feeling of course is the earlier, the better — but we also say this as someone who just wants to get the show as soon as humanly possible.
What do we know right now about the final season?
Well, we know that there are going to be six episodes that will likely air in succession, one week after another. Meanwhile, all signs point to these episodes being some of the longest that we’ve seen in the history of the network — we imagine that some of them will easily surpass an hour in run time. There will also be the largest battle in TV history mixed in here at some point. Production for the final season was almost more like a movie, with battles being captured across multiple angles and with no expense spared per episode. This show ended up becoming quite the expensive beast by the end, but HBO can afford it given that Game of Thrones is the most-successful show in the history of the network.
While we’d love to say that there will be new footage to go along with the premiere-date announcement, there is no verification that we’re going to be seeing that at the moment. We’re mostly left at the moment with that final-season tease of Sansa meeting Daenerys, which was released in a teaser by HBO recently.
When do you want to see the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere date? Early April? Late April? Somewhere in between? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments! Meanwhile, stay tuned for some more news when it comes to the show. (Photo: HBO.)