This coming April, for better or worse, Game of Thrones will come to an end. By the time the final curtain finally drops, the whole bloody affair will (presumably) be resolved. We’ll get to see who will sit on that uncomfortable hunk of welded metal (if there even is a throne by the end), or if the monsters north of the Wall will have proven too much for humanity.
Given how well-viewed and highly-acclaimed the past seven seasons of the series has been, you can bet your ass that audiences will be expecting a lot. And it’s not bad enough that this is the last season of the show — instead of the usual 10 episodes of previous seasons (though Season 7 did also fall short with seven episodes), audiences will be treated to six final episodes, which will bring the story to its completion.
But expect big things! Speaking with Variety, HBO chief Richard Plepler spoke highly of the final season, of which he’s seen rough cuts of all six episodes currently going through edits:
“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie,’ They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
Of course, as will all things stated from network and studios heads, be sure to take this with a salt lick. I’m sure the dude isn’t lying — no doubt he’s excited about the way the show is turning out — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be perfect. In fact, in the eyes of some hardcore novel-lovers, the past few seasons have been a bit lackluster, as it’s led to breakneck pacing not really in-keeping with author George R.R. Martin’s original material.
But Plepler’s comments may also have another meaning. In addition to being a spectacle, there have been rumors aplenty of each episode clocking in at around 90 minutes apiece. With that in mind, these things could literally, by definition, be a series of six films.
Will the Game of Thrones final season live up to fan scrutiny? Do you think it could actually “exceed” that high bar? Let us know if you think it’s possible down below!
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