Game of Thrones Announces April 2019 for Season 8 Premiere with #ForTheThrone Campaign!

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Rumors have been floating around for over a year about the air date of the final season of Game of Thrones, and HBO today finally confirmed, with the launch of #ForTheThrone, that the last season will debut in April 2019!

And what is #ForTheThrone? According to HBO, it’s a “multi-phased, global marketing campaign that will unfold over the months leading into the final season.”Β  The campaign will highlight the characters’ journeys throughout the seasons, with new videos dropping today.


Along with the videos, we can look forward to “complementary character posters shared on Game of Thrones social media profiles, that highlight what major characters have done #ForTheThrone. Twitter has also designed a custom emoji to celebrate the final season. Fans can Tweet with #GameofThrones, #GoTS8, #GoT, #ForTheThrone, or #PorElTrono to unlock the emoji.”

Game of Thrones will also be taking over New York City’s Grand Central Station beginning on November 27th, with over 150 variations of the #ForTheThrone creative notions and a limited edition run of 250,000 MetroCards.

It’s no trailer, but I like it! Keep clicking on those videos- there’s more to see, the fun has only just begun, and the end is coming!

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    1. Awesome! When is the True Detective Season 3 finale? That should narrow down when in April GoT will premiere. I love that the final season is going back to its April premiere.

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    2. April as I expected!! I’ll continue believing it will be April 21st, but it doesn’t matter if it’s one of the other Sundays since we still have the general window. Great!! πŸ˜€

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    3. Jack Bauer 24:
      Awesome! When is the True Detective Season 3 finale? That should narrow down when in April GoT will premiere. I love that the final season is going back to its April premiere.

      It might and it might not, precisely. People have been trying to work that in with Big Little Lies season airing between TD and GoT. If they do that I believe without skipping any Sundays for those two series and not running any episodes on the same night it would put the GoT premiere April 28th. My personal feeling is that they want to run ALL of the Thrones episodes before June. That would simply mean that the premiere for BLL would air the same night as the TD finale. It IS something HBO has done before and I think it’s likely for those since they’re second tier programs for them. April 21st is my target date.

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    4. Does this mean firstone can finally stop predicting the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day premiere dates now? YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Oh wait, the finale date is still in play. Damn! ha, j/k firstone πŸ™‚

      In all seriousness, I think we all expected that the premiere would take place in April, but it’s nice to finally have a definitive answer.

      It’s already been 15 months since season 7 ended. 5 more months to wait isn’t too bad.

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    5. Nevermind, looks like TD finale will be March 3rd if they don’t skip any weeks, so maybe something else will fill in between then and the GoT premiere. Big Little Lies S2 is 7 episodes, so it could premiere March 10th (a week after the TD S3 finale) and have its finale on April 21st so that would leave GoT for April 28th premiere.

      Edit: Just saw your post Clob. Sounds good! Late April seems likely.

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    6. Hey I’ve predicted Easter Sunday April 21st for a while now!!

      Mother’s Day May 12th would be the 4th season 8 episode which would be about when J&D’s child will be born.

      Easter Sunday would fit many story lines… The Night King – The Army of the Dead – The Northern Lords hated of the Lannister and Targaryens… all rising from the dead.

      Plus many old relationships rising from the dead so Easter Sunday April 21 2019 is my guess.

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    7. firstone:
      Hey I’ve predicted Easter Sunday April 21st for a while now!!

      Mother’s Day May 12th would be the 4th season 8 episode which would be about when J&D’s child will be born.

      Easter Sunday would fit many story lines… The Night King – The Army of the Dead – The Northern Lords hated of the Lannister and Targaryens… all rising from the dead.

      Plus many old relationships rising from the dead so Easter Sunday April 21 2019 is my guess.

      Is that a known spoiler for episode 4?

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    8. Jack Bauer 24,

      I think it was just a guess or an assumption. πŸ™‚
      _____
      I was just thinking to myself, “What if I don’t make it until April? What if something happens and I never get to see the finale!?!?” I’ll just sit here wrapped in bubble wrap for the next handful of months… :/

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    9. Awesome and exciting news to finally have confirmation! I like the #ForTheThrone tagline as well. It’s not cheesy or generic (“The End is Here”, “Game Over”, “End Game”, etc.). Bring it on, April 2019!

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    10. Clob:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      I think it was just a guess or an assumption. πŸ™‚
      _____
      I was just thinking to myself, β€œWhat if I don’t make it until April? What if something happens and I never get to see the finale!?!?” I’ll just sit here wrapped in bubble wrap for the next handful of months… :/

      Thanks. So April 21st is Easter I didn’t realize. Wonder if they want 2 of the 6 episodes on holiday’s (Easter and Mother’s Day) especially one being the premiere.

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    11. Thank the old gods and the new! Yes!!! I was so hoping it wouldn’t wait until June. I will be on an extended trip to Poland and Prague in mid June and I was hoping to hell I would get to see the shows live. April isn’t that far away πŸ™‚ I started my ritual of re-watching an episode every 5 days awhile back calculating an April premiere date. I counted that by april I would be at the finale of season 7… I’m on Season 5 episode 1 later this week… I most likely will have an extra week or so in April to just watch my favorite episodes. I have to say the #ForTheThrone video got me pumped.

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    12. Jack Bauer 24,
      They seemed to stop caring about that after the first couple seasons. I think they know by now that everyone is going to watch it in one manner or another. πŸ™‚

      It would actually be THREE ‘on’ US holidays… April 21st (or 28th) would put the finale (or an episode) on during Memorial Day weekend as well.

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    13. I would say “Best news of the day,” but I’m still saving that distinction for the indictments about to drop from Mueller’s grand jury…

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    14. Everything is much easier now that we know the show will be back in April. 3 years after S6, almost 2 years after S7.

      It feels like DH part 2 all over again. “It all ends”. It will truly be end of an era.

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    15. Jack Bauer 24: Is that a known spoiler for episode 4?

      Boatbaby’s existence? Considering how often succession was brought up last season and Jon finally pointing out that Mirri Maz Duur didn’t exactly have any sort of motivation to tell the truth about Dany’s fertility, the baby’s inevitable.

      Boatbaby being born on Mother’s Day? Poetic, yes. Fits in with my headcanon timeline? Debatable. Will it happen? Β―\_(Β° ΝœΚ– Β°)_/Β―

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    16. mau:
      Everything is much easier now that we know the show will be back in April. 3 years after S6, almost 2 years after S7.

      It feels like DH part 2 all over again. β€œIt all ends”. It will truly be end of an era.

      DH?

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    17. mau: It feels like DH part 2 all over again. β€œIt all ends”. It will truly be end of an era.

      Except that Deathly Hallows 2 was only the end of Harry’s piece of the Potterverse saga, as it turned out. Now we get five more installments, written directly for the screen by the master storyteller herself, which gives me much joy. There’s something to be said for elaborate worldbuilding that supports more than the storyline that’s in the immediate spotlight. This week I’m more excited for the imminent arrival of Fantastic Beasts 2 than I am about GoT Season 8 far off on the springtime horizon.

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    18. I think the 28th makes most sense, because it will allow HBO to spread the episodes over 3 months, which means more subscriptions.

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    19. Clob,

      If it wasn’t for the “part 2” and “It all ends” I wouldn’t have guessed it lol I still remember I started watching Game of Thrones just when DH part 2 was going to come out, and now that GoT is ending I’m feeling very nostalgic

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    20. Wolfish: It will be here, and then be gone, before we have caught our breaths.

      True enough. But then people will just have to discover Good Omens, and The Fionavar Tapestry, and whatever else is coming down the TV pike. And read more books. There are so many wonderful fantasy authors out there.

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    21. Great! This means I should get ready for my rewatch soon. 67 episodes… and with my “one episode a day” style, I should really start soon as I’m sure there will be days when I won’t watch it as well. And my timetable is already stuffed with various TV shows at the moment.

      Side note: I actually managed to get back to re-reading ASOIAF novels after almost 5 years… reading them in English this time. Will be a nice build-up to my eventual rewatch. Although I only plan to read first three. I have no desire to re-read books 4 and 5.

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    22. Enharmony1625,

      How do you know he will not know? I do not think you have ever been dead before or had any reliable information. Just think, he might miss it and know he is missing it – that would just be like being in hell, wouldn’t it.

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    23. Alba:
      I was hoping something better than β€œFor The Throne”.
      I mean, who gives a sh*t about the throne at this point?!

      Perhaps it’s just meaning “here’s something to watch while using the restroom.” Here ya go, watch it on the toilet… and then people can “give a shit.” πŸ˜‰

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    24. I do wish the ol NK didn’t look like such a muppet now. He’s just not as intimidating. Also, where was Arya in the For the Throne compilation, ffs. Still excited! And for me….I can wait. In fact, the waiting is almost the best part for me.

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    25. Clob: Perhaps it’s just meaning β€œhere’s something to watch while using the restroom.”Here ya go, watch it on the toilet… and then people can β€œgive a shit.”

      Sister Kisser:
      Alba,

      This was my initial impression, as well.I’m imagining Sandor proclaiming, β€œFuck the throne!”

      But yeah.April is cool.

      LMAO!

      Give us the trailer!!!

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    26. guys I read some comments, seems like most of you predict it would be april 28th

      is there any chance it will be earlier!?!?!

      im stressed, my sisters wedding is on June 2nd and we are not happy about missing the finale. HAHAHA

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    27. Mr Derp,

      Ugh. At least you’re in the sameish timezonw. But I know what you mean
      I was in China for work for two weeks during season 6 and they are 12 hours ahead hahaha

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    28. Dee Stark:
      guys I read some comments, seems like most of you predict it would be april 28th

      is there any chance it will be earlier!?!?!

      im stressed, my sisters wedding is on June 2nd and we are not happy about missing the finale.HAHAHA

      There’s a good chance. I’ve personally felt like the premiere will be April 21st since before the interview of Bloys saying “first half of the year” (that was posted about here on July 25th).* I think it’s either the 21st or 28th, with the 21st being more likely, but no earlier than that.

      * Some don’t agree with my interpretation of the Emmy qualification rules and clauses (that I posted in that thread) but I haven’t seen or heard verifying proof either way. The interpretation being, following a specific clause, that all of the just six episodes need to be aired by May 31st. If that is true then the 21st would be the latest premiere date. I can see how people can ignore the clause or say it doesn’t apply though.

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    29. Dee Stark,
      Oh, and btw, grats to your favorite Titans and my favorite college player (when he was) Mariota for playing well and taking down the Patriots. That’s always fun to see! πŸ™‚

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    31. David Nutter did a Reddit AMA today – some interesting comment from him on Season 8: (I hope it’s okay I post this here, if not please remove – I won’t be offended)

      β€œI think that David and Dan did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned. I guarantee there’s going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it’s really very compelling stuff.”

      Season 8 in three words: “Spectacular, inspiring, satisfying.”

      Link to article: https://www.tvguide.com/news/game-of-thrones-season-8-david-nutter/

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    32. mau:
      Firannion,

      Well, we will have GoT sin off as well.

      Fantastic Beasts was great. I think part 2 will be even better.

      I know you meant spin off, but a GoT sin off sounds obscenely delightful πŸ™‚

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    33. Good to have the starting date narrowed down and the PR machine starting up. I am a little surprised by the #ForTheThrone (Watch?) title – is this a big red herring for the casual viewers? I mean, it seems most people here are more wondering if there will be a throne left and what kind of governing form will be established and to a much lesser extend whether A/B will be king/queen in the end…
      Personally, I think a constitutional monarchy decided by great council could be a realistic progression – that is assuming enough of westeros is left and some kind of peace deal has been reached with the night king.

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    34. Mango,

      That would be hell! But, if you were dead and knew that you were going to miss the end of GoT, that means that you would know present information from the world of the living, which means you would also know the ending to GoT.

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    35. Alba,

      It makes perfect sense really. I mean, it’s called “Game of Thrones”, and a significant majority of the plot has dealt with the struggle over the IT, not to mention so much of the discussion around season 8 being who sits on it in the end. Although I tend to lean on the side of this being a bit of a red herring and that no one will sit on it in the end (subverting tropes and all).

      It’s a bit of a bummer none of the promo material with this announcement contains anything from season 8. I guess we have to wait a few more weeks for a season 8 poster, or short teaser of sorts — hopefully before the end of the year.

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    36. Clob:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      I think it was just a guess or an assumption.
      _____
      I was just thinking to myself, β€œWhat if I don’t make it until April? What if something happens and I never get to see the finale!?!?” I’ll just sit here wrapped in bubble wrap for the next handful of months… :/

      I’ve actually had that thought. That was my excuse for saying it would be OK to get a spoiler just in case, but so far I’ve been good about staying away from anything that says “leak”…. Then I actually thought, ‘what if I go blind before then?’ I’m totally not kidding… I was thinking I could still listen… (it happened to Arya, so it could happen)….
      It’s good to hear it’s really April.

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    37. Anon,

      Haven’t bothered keeping up lately. Then I heard on the radio on the way home a little while ago that they announced the date and have a trailer. Got pretty excited, log on here, lo and behold it’s just a recap “trailer.”

      I’ve seen most of the episodes more than once and remember all the important scenes so I have no need for any recaps.

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    38. Clob,

      LOLOLOLOL! I’ve been fearful of not living to see the finale, myself. Glad to know I’m not alone, but will the bubble wrap give temporary immortality? πŸ˜„

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    39. Enharmony1625:
      Alba,
      It makes perfect sense really. I mean, it’s called β€œGame of Thrones”, and a significant majority of the plot has dealt with the struggle over the IT, not to mention so much of the discussion around season 8 being who sits on it in the end. Although I tend to lean on the side of this being a bit of a red herring and that no one will sit on it in the end (subverting tropes and all).

      Except it doesn’t. Yeah, it is called “Game of Thrones” and for 7 season it has show the futility of it all. That has always been the irony behind it. Who sits there in the end isn’t the most interesting thing or the most important part. Not when you are facing extinction. This is about reckoning, characters facing death and their fight for life, country and people they care and love. It’s about people facing their past, present and hopefully lay the foundation for a better future.
      #ForTheThrone shouldn’t be what this is all about – though it is part of it, for a handful of them – in season finale. It reduces the magnitute of it all, IMO.

      It’s not a big deal, mind you. But I thought it was lame. They could’ve come up with a much better idea to summarise what is the ultimate story/moral about.

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    40. So, April is gonna be the month of both Avengers 4 where I’m pretty sure some of my favourite characters are gonna die…and Game of Thrones season 8 where I’m almost certain some of my favourite characters are gonna die. Wreckage and ruin.

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    41. Clob,

      Well we are fine with april 21st because then the finale would air at the end of may. I would love that. idont know how the emmy stuff works either.

      Clob,

      Aww you remembered i’m a titans fan, thank you!!!! that was such a sick game. Though I am no patriots hater (like 95% of the fans LOL) but it felt so good to beat them, after beating Dallas as well. Sorry Jared.

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    42. Dee Stark:
      Lord Parramandas,

      aww hi!! its been so long!!!
      And thank you, I tend to disappear during the offseason.

      Yes, I am always happy when someone says β€œGame of Thrones”

      To be honest, I pretty much disappeared from the site as well. I don’t think there was 5 times I commented here since S7 wrapped up. I’m busy with LFU group and watching other TV shows and honestly, my experience with this site during S7 run wasn’t really pleasant and it kind of left me permanent bitter taste. Still, it’s the only GoT site I follow and probably the most decent one.

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    43. Dee Stark,

      Haha yes, LFU grew for another 4k+ members in past year, counting over 12k members now and being more alive than ever. It takes a lot of my free time. Not to mention I’m busy at university, being in my final year and aiming for master’s degree.

      Well, I still have the forum thread on WotW for my written reviews and my YouTube channel for video reviews and Memory Lanes (currently containing only the premiere of S7 when it comes to GoT video reviews). I hope I’ll eventually be able to finish all that I plan regarding GoT… 2 of written reviews for S7 are still missing and I hope to write them for the new season as well. All in its time I hope.

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    44. Alba,

      Fair point, in that it doesn’t encapsulate all the stories and characters, but I would disagree that the fight for the IT is somehow futile or irrelevant. Even in the face of extinction. Once that threat is dealt with, then what? What does the world look like after? How do you rebuild and move on? GRRM himself has that well-known quote about what Aragorn’s tax policy was after Sauron was defeated in LotR.

      We’ve had a long string of bad rulers in GoT leading up to where we are now and we can see how devastating that can be in various ways, so I think it is important to the story who rules, or what system is in place at the end to give a sense of hope and purpose to the whole thing.

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    45. Alba,

      Based on the fact that who ends up rulling Westeros tends to be the biggest thing people debate, I think a lot of people actually care about that question.

      It might even be the central dramatic question of the story since everyone knows the WW won’t win.

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    46. Enharmony1625,

      Tru dat.
      Jack Hamm,

      Use of bubble wrap gives medium term immortality. Bubble wrap plus an outer layer of foam provides longer immortality. If you add some cardboard layers to the wrap and foam, your family will find a good institution for you as well you enjoying full immortality.

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    47. Enharmony1625:
      Alba,
      Fair point, in that it doesn’t encapsulate all the stories and characters, but I would disagree that the fight for the IT is somehow futile or irrelevant. Even in the face of extinction. Once that threat is dealt with, then what? What does the world look like after? How do you rebuild and move on? GRRM himself has that well-known quote about what Aragorn’s tax policy was after Sauron was defeated in LotR.

      We’ve had a long string of bad rulers in GoT leading up to where we are now and we can see how devastating that can be in various ways, so I think it is important to the story who rules, or what system is in place at the end to give a sense of hope and purpose to the whole thing.

      I didn’t mean who sits on the IT, or what kind of society and future they want to build was futile. As I said, laying the foundation for a better future is one of the themes and it’s very important. But the games they’ve been playing so far for that throne, have brought wars, devastation and tragedies. All this while the biggest threat was looming over them, but they were too blind and too greedy to really see and understand what really matters.

      Furthermore, as David Nutter put it, “The White Walker army will not be the only issue our characters have to face in season 8, they have to also face each other.” I would add, they would have to face themselves too, starting with; Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Jaime, Arya, Sandor, Sansa, Theon. All of these people are united now towards the common enemy. But they all have different motivations and desires about their future and will have to deal with the aftermath in their own way.

      So yeah, I just think they should find something to convey that message better.

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    48. After a tiring and hard day, that’s a great piece of news!
      I hoped for an April premiere for sentimental reasons and not only. April 2018 was bad for me, truly “the cruelest month” (any T. S. Eliot fans around?). I’m hopeful for a good April 2019.

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    49. This long night just began to seem a lot shorter! Yay!

      April is only 4 and a half months away! Do you remember what it felt like when S7 ended and we knew we’d be facing at least 18 months if not more of our long night! And then in 5 short weeks, it’ll be all over forever!

      I tend to agree with a late April premier date. 21.4.2019 would be Easter Sunday, all my family would be gathered in the countryside with a slightly dodgy 1 mega internet connection… But I’d have to get up at 4am Monday morning (the Monday is a public holiday in my country) to watch it live, whatever the quality. I can then rewatch with better internet connection = better quality once I get back to civilisation after the Easter holidays.

      I also might be insanely busy doing a Master’s degree so I might be putting final touches on my thesis in April to have it approved by late May! Eeek!

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    50. I would bet it will go on April 28. The 21 is Easter and that reduces the watching audience. That means if they go on the &, the huge battle scene will be set for that night. And if they do the 14 there will be a quick slowdown right after the start.

      I doubt HBO would want to skip a week. So it’s likely to be the last Sunday.

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    51. Alba,

      I’m OK with the “For the Throne” marketing angle because it also calls back, explains so much of the motivations of main characters to date, the things they’ve been willing to do etc.

      Also, what happens after united humans defeat the big bad (white walkers)? There has to be some form of government. Sudden universal suffrage representative democracy is a strech, the best we should hope for is some kind of more permanent “Great Council” made of lords of the land curbing royal autocracy. A Declaration of Arbroath or Magna Carta type situation, if we’re looking for real world parrallels. So the monarch has to work with the “Great Council” (=proto-parliament).

      The other alternative is no central government, the seven kingdoms reverting back to their internecine wars, especially because the preceding War of the Five Kings has depleted the lands and the severe winter will see much of the population starve or die of disease. The lords would try to grab any advantage – economic advantage, like labour or food – they can. Only a central authority recognised by the lords, the Iron Throne, can try to mitigate this.

      That is why the throne is important after the great war. It comes back to GRRM’s comment about Aragon’s tax policies.

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    52. Clob:

      I was just thinking to myself, β€œWhat if I don’t make it until April? What if something happens and I never get to see the finale!?!?” I’ll just sit here wrapped in bubble wrap for the next handful of months… :/

      Don’t worry, Clob. You will not die. you’ll be too obsessed with popping the bubble wrap. It should carry you through to late April 2019. πŸ˜€

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    53. Leonard Wechsler,
      The only holiday they’ve ever avoided with this series is Memorial Day weekend for just a few seasons (S2-S4). Numbers haven’t taken huge hits on the holidays, and despite of it, initial viewership and all-platform numbers have continued to grow throughout the series run, unlike typical trends for other series.

      Just for something to kill my current boredom… πŸ˜›
      S1:
      – aired E2 on Easter, dropped just .02 from premiere
      – E4 on Mother’s Day, rose .01 from E3
      – E7 on Memorial Day weekend, dropped .04
      S2:
      – E2 on Easter, dropped .08 from premiere, rose just .01 in E3
      – E7 on Mother’s Day, dropped .19
      – skipped Memorial Day weekend this season
      S3:
      aired the premiere ON Easter, it set a new record for the show at 4.37
      – E7 on Mother’s Day, dropped .66
      – skipped Memorial Day weekend
      S4:
      – E3 on Easter, rose .28 for series 2nd highest to date at 6.59
      – E6 on Mother’s Day, dropped .76
      – skipped Memorial Day weekend
      S5:
      – premiered the week following Easter
      – E5 on Mother’s Day, dropped 1.36 – also dropped another .32 the following week and .84 more after that before jumping back up for E8 “Hardhome”
      – E7 prior to “Hardhome” on Memorial weekend
      S6:
      – early Easter again so premiered a month after
      – E3 on Mother’s Day, dropped .01
      – E6 on Memorial weekend, dropped 1.18
      S7:
      premiered mid-July

      So as we can see they’ve never avoided Easter or Mother’s Day, and even premiered on Easter once before. They did skip Memorial Day weekend for three years, but in the case of all of them, when they did drop in initial viewership numbers it was inconsequential amounts. Overall the trend in numbers has always been upwards to what is record setting so tiny drops for an episode here and there hasn’t been concerning.

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    54. I was so excited to read this, came back here and realized Id missed several posts! So catching up – good to see everyone here. No ideas really about the ending, I think I will be honestly satisfied with whatever happens. I just know I will be sad when its officially over, no matter how it goes. Certainly will be food for much thought, and good discussions long after it ends.

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    55. I really hope these “character journeys” will include more than just the main players (Jon, Arya, Dany, etc.). I would love to see promo’s that highlight the progression of the likes of Sam, Davos, Theon, Sandor, and so on. While the overall story may revolve around a handful, the supporting players have been just a pivotal to the story. I like to see them shine, too.

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    56. @talvikorppi

      I think you totally missed the point of my criticism. That’s fine, we see it from different angles, becuase I do not think that most of the main character’s motivations have been about the throne.

      As for GRRM’s comment about Aragon’s tax policies. I’ve always thought that was silly, and I doubt we are going to see anyone’s tax policies in GOT either. Meaning we will not know what happens after, regardless of whoever sits on the throne or rule in a different system. Thank god for that cause the story has to end at some point.

      Anyway, it’s not a big deal. Whether good or bad, a marketing “motto” – which doesn’t even mean it’s going to be that one, we’ll have to wait and see till the trailer comes out – is not going to either make or break the final season. πŸ˜‰

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    57. Jack Bauer 24,

      No spoiler…. just another guess because I know who is directing episodes 3 & 5 and it would crazy if Daenerys delivered her child in one of those episodes but almost anything could happen in Game of Thrones

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    58. So it’s April as expected! Obviously still a few months away but I’d imagine a trailer is not too far off now (likely next month or worst case January). Even though it’s all old footage it’s already getting me hyped for the new season although I hope the premiere is the start of April rather than the much anticipated 21st as I’m on vacation from 9th May for two weeks and will hate to miss anything.

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    59. Dee Stark:
      guys I read some comments, seems like most of you predict it would be april 28th

      is there any chance it will be earlier!?!?!

      im stressed, my sisters wedding is on June 2nd and we are not happy about missing the finale.HAHAHA

      Dee, there is a writer called Kim Renfro who is one of the most respected journalists when it comes to Game of Thrones who said last month April 21st was the most likely date in her opinion. I would tend to believe her as she is rarely wrong when it comes to this stuff but technically the show could air any time in April; I assume they haven’t finalised the exact date yet and we won’t get that until the official trailer drops (probably next month).

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    60. They don’t have to air all episodes before June to qualify for the emmys. They have shown episodes into June many times and still qualified for the awards that year. Unless there was a new requirement. I am still thinking 4/28.

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    61. I want the first season 8 teaser to show the Night King raising the dead in the final scene of Hardhome and then at the end of the scene… The Season 8 Premiere Date appears

      Easter Sunday April 21st 2019 Game of Thrones Rises from the Dead

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