Tonight on HBO, the network finally revealed what we’ve been looking forward to for some time: The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere date.
In a new teaser, the network confirmed tonight that April 14 will be the date in which the long-running fantasy series kicks off its final chapter. There are only six episodes to go, but these are going to be the biggest, boldest, and most-electric stories that we’ve had a chance to see so far. There’s going to be a lot of action and drama, but what we like about the teaser is that it really puts the attention back on the Starks first and foremost. They are the foundation for much of the show!
Of course, we know that for many out there this teaser is no replacement for an official trailer, which is the thing the majority of fans want more than anything else. There are ultimately so many things that we’re looking forward to seeing, but with the episode order so short, HBO is keeping their cards close to the vest. Why give anything away when they don’t have to? This is clearly the philosophy that they have at the moment when it comes to the show. (We do think that there will be an official trailer released at some point before the final season, though it may not happen for another month or so.)
With the April 14 premiere date in mind, Game of Thrones will be done with its final season before we get around to the end of May. If there is a new episode airing every week, that means that the series finale will come on the air on May 19. It was probably an intentional move on HBO’s part that they end the show prior to Memorial Day Weekend, that way they can draw the largest audience possible. Everything about the premiere date and schedule is brilliant — they are avoiding football season by airing in the spring, plus also avoiding a number of awards shows or even most of the second half of The Walking Dead season 9. (That’s not anywhere near the ratings threat that it was, but it’s still worth noting.)
We didn’t think that we could be any more excited to see Game of Thrones back on the air, but here we are, crossing our fingers that the end of this series is as good as it really should be given all of the hype and buildup.
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