Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks end of ‘Thrones’ and season 8 filming in October

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In a recent interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Larry King wasted little time in asking the question that most Game Of Thrones fans want to know: “Do you know how it ends?”

“I don’t know the end,” Coster-Waldau said. “I wouldn’t tell you anyway, but I don’t know it.”

Coster-Waldau couldn’t say much more about Thrones coming to an end or what’s in store for Jaime Lannister in season 8, not even near the end of the interview when viewers were submitting questions via Twitter and Facebook. “What will it take for Jaime to betray Cersei?” one viewer wanted to know.

“I wish I knew the answer to that,” was all the Kingslayer would divulge.

Watch the full interview here:

In a separate interview with Collider, Coster-Waldau revealed that he’s due back on the set for filming season 8 sometime in October.

“I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it’s been a season at a time,” he said. “You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season. But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.”

It should be noted, however, that October is when Coster-Waldau will be reporting at Belfast in Northern Ireland — pre-production for the highly anticipated final season is already underway at Titanic Studios.

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    1. RosanaZugey,

      I wouldn’t say that. They’ve already said that we’re looking at 2018 or 2019 for season 8. And previously they indicated filming for s8 will probably run into March or so. This year it went into February. If they’re not starting until October (other reports have actually said Sept.), filming could run later than March. And they may hold the last season until an optimal time. They could air in late summer again, but maybe with filming running later, they’ll hold off until winter.

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    2. Hopefully we won’t have to wait until 2019. The year wait for season 7 damn there killed me.

      Season 8 is really the end guys….

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    3. Well, winter would be appropriate lol!

      Waiting so long is really hard, by I’m ok with waiting for the best quality. Besides, who wants it to end!? 😉

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    4. If the “wait time” is extremely long (say 2019) then I believe “hackers” and “leaks” will be more forthcoming than what we saw prior to the start of this season and what we have been experiencing so far.

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    5. Sue the Fury,
      “Hold the last season until an optimal time.”
      That’s really THE thing isn’t it. The trick would be trying to guess when an optimal time would be. If they expect to finish filming in February or March next year that wouldn’t be far off from this past filming schedule, but like the movie industry they can hold on to it as long as they want. This Summer they seem to be hitting the ultimate time. There is literally NOTHING else happening on TV right now and the blockbuster movie scene is pretty weak as well.. GoT buzz is always big but from my perspective it’s never been quite like this… and viewership numbers are reflecting it. It’s hard to predict how things will lay out a year from now, even within HBO programming and what’s best for their schedule. We can only hope it’s not too much longer of a wait than to S7.

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    6. mau:
      Sue the Fury,

      But if the filming starts in October does it makes sense that we will have to wait until 2019?

      the final “battle” will take weeks (if not months) to film….not counting post production. I can definitely see it taking till 2019 if they film to march of 2018.

      more importantly.. NCW said they get script a month to 6 weeks weeks before…which means the cast either has them or will get them soon and know their fates…that has to be pretty cool 😀

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    7. Do we know that production begins in October, or could it begin earlier and Nikolaj C-W has to report in October? He may not be needed in the early part of filming. I am sure the CGI work will be even more extensive in the final season.

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    8. Does anyone know if the last season, the 6 episodes are going to be longer, 60-80mins a piece?

      And if HBO is going all in, dumping more money into it for some Lord of the Rings-type battle scenes and sequences?

      I am so curious, I bet you this is the case but I just want to know if anyone can confirm this?

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    9. 2018 is the worldcup in russia. 2019 would be the better option for the full attention what the finale season deserves in my opinion.

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    10. I hope Season 8 starts Father’s Day Sunday June 17th 2018 and if it doesn’t….

      Season 8 might not start until 2019 because Sunday Night Football has a huge audience and it that starts in September and goes until January.

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    11. Arthur,

      Of course I’m in no position to confirm anything but I have seen things stating that as a good possibility. Probably more wishful thinking than anything. Still, this is HBO’s biggest thing ever so they’re probably not keen on going out with a ‘wimper.’ Hopefully the compromise with them wanting more episodes and seasons versus the D&D outline ends up being a spectacular shit load of cash for the budget and six very long episodes.

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    12. mau:
      selena,
      But 10 months of post production?

      it was almost that (or more) this season..and you know they are gonna put everything they have into the final season so yes.. i can see them spending a whole lot of time on post production

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    13. firstone: Season 8 might not start until 2019 because Sunday Night Football has a huge audience and it that starts in September and goes until Jaunuary.

      Viewership/ratings numbers will mean even less for the final season. HBO is going to get their viewers no matter what is in competition of first airing because they’ll watch eventually. For me personally, even if my Vikings are playing, my TV would be on GoT and my phone would be on the game. People have that kind of option these days.

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    14. Arthur: And if HBO is going all in, dumping more money into it for some Lord of the Rings-type battle scenes and sequences?

      I doubt it. The wars will be over and the focus of S8 will probably be the rebuilding of the Sept of Baelor and Harrenhal, making plans for a great tourney, building a dragon-based theme park where kids of all ages can come see the dragons hunt and mate, practicing democracy and separation of church and state throughout the land, establishing trade with Essos, building vacation ski areas in the Frostfangs and establishing an educational system in each kingdom where all citizens can learn from the mistakes of the past and advance new skills for the betterment of all. Not too much CGI is needed, except for the castles and dragon stuff. The focus will be entirely on character development and love for all….a dream of spring…

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    15. I’m still holding out hope that Season 8 will premiere in Fall 2018. Starting filming in October with a likely wrap on principal photography in March would seem to make that plausible, depending on just how much post-production work is required (I expect it will be more than normal). But admittedly, it’s right on the line.

      Obviously, all things being equal, I would prefer to get the final season as soon as possible. But however much time the Game of Thrones production team requires to make the final season as epic as it can possibly be, I’m willing to grant it to them – they’ve more than earned it, and I want to see them put in their best work to deliver the incredible ending this great show deserves.

      The flip side of that is once the final season is ready, I really hope that HBO doesn’t decide to keep it in the can and on a shelf for too long, or to wait until 2019 just for the hell of it. Obviously the final season of their most popular show ever is a scheduling asset that they’ll want to maximize, but they’ll be able to create their own tidal wave of hype whenever they decide to air it.

      Game of Thrones is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon – there’s no reason to shrink from any competition, especially of the scripted variety (Game of Thrones will utterly crush any scripted show it faces). Live sports are the one thing that can still draw relatively equivalent numbers, so I do understand the logic of perhaps waiting until Sunday Night Football and the NFL Playoffs are done. But if HBO is just trying to keep GOT on their roster for as long as possible, well … that’s what the spinoffs are for!

      Hopefully, we’ll get more clarification on when exactly we can expect the final season once Benioff and Weiss start giving their post-finale interviews. They probably won’t do very many, but I expect that they’ll at least give one to James Hibberd.

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    16. Edward,

      I just hope the alleged Season 8 script summaries floating around the web, are just really bad fan-fiction. Hopefully the real scripts are nothing like them. Bad plotting, weird misuse of characters, people doing stupid things for ‘dramatic effect”, just uggghh.

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    17. firstone:
      I hope Season 8 starts Father’s Day Sunday June 17th 2018 and if it doesn’t….

      Season 8 might not start until 2019 because Sunday Night Football has a huge audience and it that starts in September and goes until January.

      Bingo. I was looking to see if someone mentioned this. Sunday night NFL games are the ONLY reason we will probably have to wait till February at the earliest if its not ready to air this time next year. Neither HBO or the NFL will want to go head to head, GoT not being live television notwithstanding.

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    18. mau,

      If I had to guess- and it is only that, a guess- I’d say that Season 8 is going to premiere on November 4, 2018. Episodes 1-3 will run on 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18, they’ll take a break for U.S. Thanksgiving on 11/25, and Episodes 4-6 will run on 12/2, 12/9/ and 12/16. GoT will take the place of the Christmas season blockbuster next year, much like it is doing for summer blockbusters this year.

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    19. Clob: “Westeros: The Peaceful Years”

      Yes…it’ll be a return to the days before Robert’s Rebellion, when, according to Dany, they had hundreds of years of peace under Targ rule….a magnificent, glorious time of great deeds and wondrous fellowship…

      (*cough*…help! I’m choking!…*cough*)

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    20. Great interview! I love hearing Nicolaj’s thoughts on different aspects of the show and. Shot Caller typically isn’t the kind of movie I would go out of my way to see, but I may just.

      I’m always struck by how subtle the Danish accent is, and love when it comes through a little. 😊

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    21. So, hardly anybody is talking about the great Larry King interview with NCW..?

      It was a treat to hear NCW’s thoughts on GoT, the new movie, his craft, climate change, a bit of politics… He seems like such a nice, grounded guy (and eye candy to boot! lol.). It was really nice to hear he’s become such real life friends with Gwendolyn Christie. In some older interviews he’s been the biggest Jaime + Brienne shipper, lol.

      From the Collider piece. they’re comprised of only seven and six episodes, respectively, which is less than the traditional 10-episode seasons.

      Fewer. /Stannis

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    22. As to the possible airdate of season 8…

      If they start shooting in October 2017, and considering the production schedule of S7, September 2018 seems the earliest possible date. However, if S8 is even more CGI-heavy than S7, which seems likely, that could add another month of two. By then it’d be the run up to Christmas.

      Some have also raised the issue of whether HBO want to go against live Sunday night football in their home turf in the U.S. GoT is shown in 170 countries, most of which don’t follow NFL, but it is a consideration, as is Christmas… So I’m preparing myself to wait until at least January 2019 – also because that year was floated in some interview by an HBO boss, IIRC.

      Of course I want the final season ASAP but I want the makers take their time and make it the best possible it can be. If that means waiting up to 18 months, so be it. It’s not like waiting 7 or more years for the next book, lol!

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    23. I read the books years ago and never imagined the things Jaime has done this year ever coming to fruition. We need Book 6 more than ever.

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    24. If they don’t show it next year. I for one will be cancelling my subscription to HBO . I would suggest you do the same!

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    25. Pigeon:
      Great interview! I love hearing Nicolaj’s thoughts on different aspects of the show and. Shot Caller typically isn’t the kind of movie I would go out of my way to see, but I may just.

      I’m always struck by how subtle the Danish accent is, and love when it comes through a little. 😊

      I’m surprised you could hear him with that awful loud plinky-plonk music being played over it. Why do they do that? I had to give up, I couldn’t listen to it.

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    26. Arthur: Does anyone know if the last season, the 6 episodes are going to be longer, 60-80mins a piece?

      I am surprised and disappointed that S7 has had a 50 min. episode, so I don’t know.
      If Westworld can have a 90 min. episode and GoT is a record breaker show (so budget should be no problem) it does not make sense. HBO has no fixed time slots, it ia some operating mode of D&D which has never been explained.

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    27. The Onion Knight: We need Book 6 more than ever.

      ++ Even if TWoW is pathetic (which I highly doubt) it still would be worthwhile to compare/contrast with GoT. It’s funny that the popular youtubers (Emergency Awesome, etc) are already planning to do a play-by-play of TWoW when it is released. It’ll be great read, but the expectations will be sky-high. Ugh.

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    28. Ser Tinfoil of Hat,

      Oh yeah, that too! 😀 English is not my first language so I didn’t spot that immediately.

      Whatever you think of Stannis, you’ve got to give it to him, he’s raised awareness of count and uncount nouns and how that affects grammar. A friend of mine who teaches English in high school has used Stannis to teach the kids!

      And now the Onion Knight is carrying the torch!

      O/T but I’ve been staying away from the comments here because of the episode leak. While the vast majority of commenters here are considerate, I’ve noticed that there are a few who “speculate” all too accurately, and after an episode has aired, it becomes clear they were referring to the script leaks. Not good.

      I accidentally got spoiled about some of the leaks due to some people not appropriately using greyscale spoiler coding long before the season started. I’m not totally spoiler-averse (I’ve read the books, which “spoiled” much of the earlier seasons) but I’d like to have a choice. Greyscale spoiler coding offers that. I can choose not to click on them.

      As much as I like the BTL discussion here at WotW, I think I’ll mostly desist until the season is over. Then I’ll come back for intense analysis – and hope no S8 leaks/spoilers spoil the fun.

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    29. Good interview with Larry King. A nice chat, not too rushed, and a chance to see NCW’s nice personality. Loved that the scene where he fell into the river was one of the hardest/worst scenes to shot for GOT, repeatedly falling into a tank of water wearing armor! I wonder if he ever thought about the depth of the water, “shouldn’t it be shallow?”

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    30. chin wag,

      Haha, I only subscibe to HBO Nordic for the duration of the GoT season (+ maybe a week or two at either end to rewatch previous seasons before and the latest after), and in customer feedback make this clear.

      In my country, the first month is free – even if you’ve had free months in previous years – and subsequent months are €9.95. I could watch all of S7 for €9.95 but will probably keep the subsciption for another month for rewatches. Then I will cancel, and resubscribe when S8 comes around – yet another free month + one month for €9.95 – unless HBO Nordic changes the terms and conditions before that.

      HBO Nordic is trying to entice me with other shows but it’s a wasted effort. I don’t watch TV, haven’t for years. I just haven’t the time. GoT is the great exception. I’m also in principle against paying for TV. This is how much GoT is an exception. I want to pay for it. I want HBO to know this, I’ve told as much in customer feedback.

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    31. The Onion Knight:
      I read the books years ago and never imagined the things Jaime has done this year ever coming to fruition. We need Book 6 more than ever.

      It would be great to have Book 6 come out in between. 📖🙏

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    32. “I don’t know the end. I wouldn’t tell you anyway, but I don’t know it” said everyone who has ever worked on Game of Thrones.

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    33. talvikorppi: While the vast majority of commenters here are considerate, I’ve noticed that there are a few who “speculate” all too accurately, and after an episode has aired, it becomes clear they were referring to the script leaks. Not good.

      In years past, when someone, myself included, speculated accurately, there were accolades and jokes regarding the premise and buildup. This year, it’s finger-pointing due to the leaks. Ugh.

      Although it is hard to tell what are book details or leak spoilers under greyscale coding, it is inevitable to uncover something you tried avoiding. I haven’t even read the bulk of Luka’s articles from earlier this year because (he informed me after I asked) that he gave the farm away. So your comment is odd given that the WotW site writers are well-versed in the leaks and tolerate it under greyscale coding. Then I spoiled myself once by directly asking dragonbringer and Wolfish if Jon met a dragon this season, which came true last episode. I already slapped myself for that.

      I can tell you that there are a few of us still trying to speculate, but if we get it correct, there are no more silly accolades, only skepticism…hence minimal feedback. I have no idea if I’m reading speculation or leak stuff anymore in these comments. Oh well, most of my shit has been incorrect anyway (Dany using her air force to do recon, etc.) but some has been mildly accurate (like Sam discovering something in the texts)…but that’s simple shit that many have discussed.

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    34. onefromaway:
      Good interview with Larry King.A nice chat, not too rushed, and a chance to see NCW’s nice personality. Loved that the scene where he fell into the river was one of the hardest/worst scenes to shot for GOT, repeatedly falling into a tank of water wearing armor!I wonder if he ever thought about the depth of the water, “shouldn’t it be shallow?”

      I can totally empathise with NCW. I’m a good swimmer but deep water freaks me out. (Who knows what krakens might be lurking down below…) Sinking deep over and over again must’ve been harrowing for NCW, he’s called it claustrophobic in another interview.

      Agree about nice chat, not too rushed. Larry King provided the prompts but gave time and space to Nikolaj to talk about his work. Very nice interchange. Thank you, WotW for bringing this to us.

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    35. Boojam: I am surprised and disappointed that S7 has had a 50 min. episode, so I don’t know.
      If Westworld can have a 90 min. episode and GoT is a record breaker show (so budget should be no problem) it does not make sense. HBO has no fixed time slots, it ia some operating mode of D&D which has never been explained.

      D&D have demonstrated time and time again that they are true professionals.

      The episode length is determined by the story and what works best to move the story forward in the most dynamic way possible.

      In conclusion – The shortest season 7 episode is also the highest rated season 7 episode.

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    36. Hodors Bastard,

      My point was that I wished leak spoilers would be greyscaled so I could avoid them if I wanted. Like book spoilers are supposed to be greyscaled for those who do not wish book spoilers/info.

      One important point is labelling greyscaled stuff. “In the books…” of “Leaks info” or whatever before the greyscaled stuff, so you know what it’s about and whether you might want to click on it.

      In dearth of labelling, I’ve decided to not click on any greyscale for now. My personal decision, YMMV.

      As to accurate speculation without knowing any spoilers… Yeah yay, it does happen! When the stills for E5 dropped, I joked Dany and Missy were girltalking about Grey Worm and Dany was finding Jon kinda hot… Well, it turned out to be exactly the case, lol. I didn’t know any leak info but their faces and what had gone on before sorta made it inevitable. Good storytelling, if you’re paying attention, leads you to a place.

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    37. talvikorppi: n dearth of labelling, I’ve decided to not click on any greyscale for now. My personal decision,

      Probably wise…the other day someone greyscaled a trailer description (to keep Dee Stark’s virgin eyes safe, I guess) then another greyscaled a TWoW speculation, then another greyscaled something about fAegon, then another greyscaled a stupid wight mission speculation about who dies… What do you do? Then WotW asked the wight mission death question directly. It’s bizarre. As I mentioned above, we need a TWoW compare/contrast distraction.

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    38. firstone: D&D have demonstrated time and time again that they are true professionals.

      The episode length is determined by the story and what works best to move the story forward in the most dynamic way possible.

      In conclusion – The shortest season 7 episode is also the highest rated season 7 episode.

      Exactly.

      The show has an overreaching arc over seasons but each season also has an arc, a story to tell. Each episode has a story to tell. Thank gods old and new HBO doesn’t proscribe each episode be a standard lenght. To tell the season’s story, some episodes might have to be “short” to give time for other episodes. The cuts between episodes are based on creative considerations, not some formalistic minute counting. That’s why I don’t understand people who get all twisted with anxiety about minutes.

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    39. firstone,

      BTL = below the line. Comments on an article. The line being the end of the article, which is ATL = above the line.

      I thought this was common jargon since mid-1990s.

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    40. Some call the many references this season to earlier seasons (or callbacks, as the kids in the school cafeteria call them) fan service, but I call it good storytelling.

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    41. Two hour episodes! I’m kinda thinking HBO goes after the movie crowd for the last three episodes. Think of it. They show part of Season 8 in 2018. Then they release movies in 2019. Big time, Garth! Big time!

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    42. Hodors Bastard,

      Huh? I’m not understanding you. You sound almost like you don’t like greyscaling. Surely not. Maybe your beef is with greyscale labelling? Sorry if I’m misunderstanding you, my bad etc.

      Oh, and I agree, we need the next book. (Come on, GRRM!) Though I’m not sure it’ll shed much light on the show, the two have diverged quite much by now.

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    43. Catspaw Assassin:
      Some call the many references this season to earlier seasons (or callbacks, as the kids in the school cafeteria call them) fan service, but I call it good storytelling.

      Exactly.

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    44. talvikorppi,

      I think to some people fan service means stuff that i don’t like or don’t want to happen,the thing is we are moving to the end game of the story so some of the previous things set up in previous seasons have to pay off in one way or another,the only line that took me out a bit was the rowing comment made by Davos,i would say that’s the only thing that i saw as a wink,wink to the audience other than that i haven’t seen anything that felt out of place .

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    45. talvikorppi: Maybe your beef is with greyscale labelling?

      Yes. I was simply implying that greyscaling has become a general technique used (ubiquitously?) for anything that might cause anyone concern. 🙂 In other words, silly. I do hope you continue posting though…you’re worth reading.

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    46. Okay, so, so far this season, what theories which have been kicking around for a while have been closed down – ruled out for both show and almost certainly books?

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    47. onefromaway,

      Good interview with Larry King. A nice chat, not too rushed, and a chance to see NCW’s nice personality

      Yeah King is usually pretty good interviewing, I just wish he and other interviewers would stop already with the ‘what will happen next’ questions of GOT cast. They aren’t going to answer it, and its a waste of time. Instead ask a question or make an observation that might inform or enlighten viewers….

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    48. talvikorppi:
      firstone,

      BTL = below the line. Comments on an article. The line being the end of the article, which is ATL = above the line.

      I thought this was common jargon since mid-1990s.

      Hee Im still using jargon from the 70s; 90s stuff, esp regarding computers, has been lost on me for the most part!

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    49. Kris Logan,

      I think you’re on to something here.

      People are invested in these characters and have had their own ideas and preferences about how they want this story to end that the disappointment is going to mount as it becomes clear that some of these ideas aren’t going to be be realised.

      I continue to believe that the Dany-Jon relationship is NOT fan service for the precise reason that if you wanted to make this sort of relationship easier to write, you wouldn’t rush it like this or introduce it so late in the story. It’s not fan service because of the inevitable reality that they are related – this is something Martin would do, not a table of writers deciding what fans might like.

      But most importantly, you cause yourself all this difficult for no apparent need unless there is some serious significance that results from this romance.

      It will happen in the books – perhaps differently, but it will nonetheless. I do think that Martin has this end in mind but has left it too late as well and doesn’t know how to get these two characters together in time for the end in any believable way, where as D & D have just said ‘fuck it’ and done what the author won’t and can’t do.

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    50. Edward:
      Hopefully we won’t have to wait until 2019. The year wait for season 7 damn there killed me.

      Season 8 is really the end guys….

      IF it’s true that the 6 episodes of season eight are “feature length” I would expect a delay until 2019…

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    51. Sue the Fury,

      Also, most of the top rate HBO shows make a concerted effort to not go head to head up against NFL Sunday night football. That could be another reason why they would wait until the Winter 2019 instead of Fall 2018. They will probably show a quarky new show in the fall, and then start GOT in February. If I remember correctly, I think that they did that in between the last two seasons of Sopranos.

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    52. ash: Hee Im still using jargon from the 70s; 90s stuff, esp regarding computers, has been lost on me for the most part!

      Me neither! Although I know most of the abbreviations used on this website (either from the Lexicon or I can work them out), some of them non related to GoT I have to ‘Google’ !!! I don’t use a smartphone or Twitter where using abbreviations seems to be a prerequisite to getting a message across.

      Speaking about this, what does the ‘f’ mean such as in fAegon ? ‘fuck’ Aegon perhaps?
      LMAO (laughing my ass off – Yep I know that one!) 😛

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    53. firstone:
      I hope Season 8 starts Father’s Day Sunday June 17th 2018 and if it doesn’t….

      Season 8 might not start until 2019 because Sunday Night Football has a huge audience and it that starts in September and goes until January.

      I don’t know about that. The Walking Dead actually tends to score higher ratings than Sunday night football. So if anything could pose a threat to their ratings, that would be it if they air the season during fall. Imagine seeing the two biggest cable shows of all time going up against each other lol. They’ve never gone up against each other because of this reason.

      But I personally wouldn’t be worried about anything getting in the way of the ratings, and neither should anyone else (including the HBO suits). These will be the last six episodes we’ll ever get of this show. They will be a much bigger deal than ANYTHING that airs on Sunday night during any time of the year, even the giant headache that is the Super Bowl 😉

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    54. Black Raven,

      It means Fake Aegon,as in he is not a real Targaryen but a pretender,but don’t worry this is not a spoiler because it hasn’t been confirmed yet in the books either way,it just seems the likely outcome considering we already have a secret Targ in Jon and not to mention Dany’s prophecy stuff about the lies that she has to slay .

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    55. RhaeTarg,

      Actually one of TWD’s season finales ran against one of GOT season’s premieres,can’t remember what year it was but it was when they were still premiering the new GOT seasons in the beginning of April,so it must have been back in season 3 or 4 .

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    56. Kris Logan:
      RhaeTarg,

      Actually one of TWD’s season finales ran against one of GOT season’s premieres,can’t remember what year it was but it was when they were still premiering the newGOT seasons in the beginning of April,so it must have been back in season 3 or 4 .

      Ah, yes! I do remember that lol. I think it was season three because I didn’t have HBO until season four and I remember feeling relieved about not having to make a choice between the two (even though I know I would’ve picked GoT lol).

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    57. Black Raven:
      Kris Logan,

      Ah, thanks for that. I’ve seen fAegon used quite often on WotW and no idea what the ‘f’ stood for😉

      Yep, there are hints in the books about him being a fake…ironically, he’s clueless about this, he thinks he’s the real Aegon…lol

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    58. Aceklub97,

      The first half of Sopranos Season 6 ran from March-May of 2006, where the second half ran from April-June of 2007.

      I think that you may be thinking of Oz Season 4, which ran its first half in the summer of 2000 and its second half in January of 2001.

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    59. I also agree that they don’t want to go against the NFL in America. I’m thinking somewhere after the 2019 Super Bowl and before the 2019 NBA Finals. I think Battle of the Bastards went against game 7 of the NBA Finals and saw a small ratings dip in the USA.

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    60. Black Raven,

      George: Yep, there are hints in the books about him being a fake…ironically, he’s clueless about this, he thinks he’s the real Aegon…lol

      Hah! Good description.
      Book speculation:

      JonCon is fooled as well. I’m convinced fAegon is the son of Illyrio and may actually be a Blackfyre, coincidentally backed by the Golden Company.

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    61. chin wag:
      If they don’t show it next year. I for one will be cancelling my subscription to HBO . I would suggest you do the same!

      Heck, I cancel as soon as GOT is done. Nothing else I care to watch there.

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    62. Violator,

      What i find funny is that the people who complain that this season’s pace is too fast are pretty much the same people who complained in the earlier seasons that the middle episodes don’t have enough progression,they feel like filler,if there is anything that i learned over the years is that people will complain about anything no matter what they do as long as it’s a popular thing .

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    63. Boojam,

      I mean, there were plenty of scenes they could have chosen from to fill in another 10 min and get it to a full episode length. For instance the one that was planned but never went for with Tyrion and Bronn.

      Why is my comment “awaiting moderation?”

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    64. Kris Logan,

      No, I think you might be confusing what most refer to as “filler” with us just wanting the scenes we are getting to “breathe” a little more. Fleshing out character interactions, focusing yes more so on the big picture/main characters and events but taking the time to have these pay off.

      I figured out why comments were going to moderation, part of Email wasdouble type. Problem is, the website runs so slow for me the type is delayed.

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    65. Kris Logan,

      No, I think you might be confusing what most refer to as “filler” with us just wanting the scenes we are getting to “breathe” a little more. Fleshing out character interactions, focusing yes more so on the big picture/main characters and events but taking the time to have these pay off.

      I figured out why comments were going to moderation, part of Email wasdouble type. Problem is, the website runs so slow for me the type is delayed.

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    66. ygritte,

      And what are those “breathe”,can you at least give some examples besides grasping at straws ? Honestly,i don’t care to see “breathe” moments when there are only a few episodes left but to each their own .

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    67. Kris Logan,

      Just forget it. Not here to argue 🙂

      Edit: OK I have a headache so am not feeling the most articulate right now but when I wrote it I had in mind that I would have liked to see more of a build up between Dany and Jon. A hint as to how Jamie and Bronn survived the water fall. A little more conversation between Jamie and Tyrion…oops time running out

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    68. Kris Logan:
      ygritte,

      And what are those “breathe”,can you at least give some examples besides grasping at straws ? Honestly,i don’t care to see “breathe” moments when there are only a few episodes left but to each their own .

      Randyll Tarly apparently not noticing that his Valyrian sword Heartsbane has gone missing with Sam’s departure. Makes no sense that he wouldn’t try to get it back, especially when he was preparing to go into battle.

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    69. I am still enjoying the season, I just kind of miss the more fleshed out dialogue/interactions of the earlier seasons. Some things just feel a bit forced, or not how I was expecting them to play out perhaps. For instance the cave scene was hyped by so many, I just wasn’t feeling it.
      I don’t like they had Jon grabbing the arm of a queen he doesn’t even know to guide her when words would have worked just the same, the romantic tone of her voice, etc and we’re supposed to be like “ooh the chemistry” when just in previous episode they were at odds with each other except for that one scene where she agrees to let him mine. I don’t like how they show that Dany is visibly upset when Jon says he’s going beyond the wall (I do like the scene, it was just too early imo) and he then admits in his “I don’t need your permission” that they are strangers to each other.
      I guess what I’m trying to say is I wasn’t expecting a basically love at first sight.

      Also would have liked Tyrion and Jamie’s reunion to have included more exchange of information.

      If I say any more we’ll get into spoiler territory.

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    70. Great interview, it’s weird to think the actors will get the scripts in the next few weeks, they’ll be getting the calls from D&D to say they die I assume too! Sadly I think it was around this stage last year where the outline leaked, supposedly from a script so let’s hope the same doesn’t happen again this year.

      As for S8 air time I’m hopeful of September/October next year given they are only starting filming one month later than last year so it gives them an extra 2-3 months to get through the process for one less episode.

      Also did Nikolaj just confirm he survives season 7 a bit of spoiler there no?

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