What We Know About GoT Season 8 And What It Means For Season 7
Although we are still counting down the days until July 16th, the cast and crew of Game of Thrones remain on schedule for the filming of Season 8.
Were Season 7 a typical Game of Thrones season, most (if not all) of the episodes would have aired at this point, and, while Season 7 seems to be nothing but atypical, the filming schedule is still on point.
Season 8 will consist of a mere 6 episodes, and is set to air nearly two years after Season 7. At least this will give George R. R. Martin time to finish The Winds of Winter. We can only hope.
So we got the bad news out of the way; here's the fun part.
A few months ago, concept art for what is believed to be the Season 7 finale was released, showing Tyrion and Bronn (and Jon??) standing at the ancient ruins of the Dragon Pits, where the Targaryens once kept their dragons.
Fansite Watchers on the Wall has so far confirmed the legitimacy of the above concept art.
What does this have to do with Season 8, you ask?
A report from ABC.es production teams in Spain made on June 20th stated that the Game of Thrones production team has contacted the City Council of Andalucía to request permission to film in 2018 in two locations that were used in Season 7, The Royal Atarazanas and The Ancient Roman City of Italica.
It's rumored that these were the locations in which the Dragon Pits of King's Landing were filmed for their on-screen debut at the end of Season 7.
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So not only does Jon Snow seem to make it to King's Landing by the end of the next season, the Dragon Pits seem to be important enough to schedule filming for Season 8 around.
It also could spell the arrival of dragons in King's Landing by the end of the long-awaited seventh season - could this mean Dany is attempting her capture of the Iron Throne?
Either way, this is good news for King's Landing, as it obviously stays around long enough to ship the cast and crew out to Spain for filming.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16th.