‘Game of Thrones’ fans have a lot to be happy about this week with the recent revelation that the final season will indeed premiere in April of 2019, as we all suspected. But thanks to one of the show’s directors, David Nutter, we also got a lot more information about the final season thanks to a Reddit AMA he did this week. One of the topics he discussed (which is sure to make fans very pleased, especially those worried about only getting six episodes in the final season), has to do with how long each entry in the final season is going to be, as we had previously been informed that the episodes were most likely not going to be anything close to two-hours each as fans had hoped. Here’s what Nutter had to say about episode length:
“Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”
Nutter also went on to describe the final season as “Spectacular, Inspiring, Satisfying.” When asked about abo “Red Wedding” level surprises, he stated, “as far as Season 8 compared to the Red Wedding I just have to tell you — hang onto your seat cause it’s going to be special.” He was also asked about whether the White Walkers were the only enemy to be dealt with in the end, and Nutter explained, “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.”
Lastly, the biggest question as far as I am concerned, when Nutter was asked what he thought about the show’s ending, he replied:
“I’m completely satisfied with how Season 8 ends. I think that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] 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.”
Considering that we have yet to hear a negative statement from a cast or crew member about the end of ‘Game of Thrones,’ it is understandable for fans to be excited about the end, though I do worry that interviews like this might be hyping up the finale a bit too much, making it an insurmountable goal to have it live up to everyone’s expectations. Still, ‘Game of Thrones’ has managed to deliver the goods for all of these years, and it would be epic to see them end on the same high note. I will keep my hopes up that the end is as great as we keep hearing. I suppose we’ll have to wait till 2019 to find out.