HBO's Game of Thrones is currently in production on its final season, and while the show is no stranger to creating headlines in various different ways, the show and its stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) made headlines last weekend, along with movie star Brad Pitt. All three actors were in attendance on Saturday night's auction at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, part of Sean Penn's annual Haiti Gala, and part of the proceedings was a silent auction. One of the items up for bid was a chance to watch Game of Thrones with Emilia Clarke, which lead Brad Pitt to bid $120,000, although he was outbid by an unnamed bidder who dropped $160,000 for the opportunity.
The bidding for this auction started at $20,000, with the bidding quickly escalating, and, at one point, the auctioneer asked if the "King of the North" was in the building, but in actuality, Kit Harington had briefly left the proceedings to use the restroom. When the actor returned, he also offered to join Emilia Clarke and watch this episode with the winning bidder, which is when Brad Pitt upped his bid to $120,000. An unknown auction-goer put in a bid of $160,000, and apparently that was too rich for Brad Pitt's blood, as he lost the auction to this mystery bidder. Others in attendance at the event, which raised over $3 million for Haiti relief efforts through the J/P HRO & Disaster Relief Organizations at the mid-point of the auction, included Amazon's Jeff Bezos Lena Dunham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Segel, Connie Britton, Patricia Arquette, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was honored for his work combating climate change.
As for the actual new episodes of the HBO fantasy series, the network confirmed months of rumors last week when it was revealed that Game of Thrones Season 8 will debut in 2019. Even though this final season will be the shortest, in regards to the amount of episodes (six), production is expected to last a whopping nine months, between October 2017 and June 2018, far longer than the six months usually earmarked for a typical 10-episode season. This has fueled rumors that each of the six episodes will be feature-length episodes, perhaps matching or surpassing the whopping 80-minute runtime of the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, the longest episode in the show's history.
HBO has still not released any official plot details at this time, and they certainly aren't expected to anytime soon, although it's possible we may get the first details and footage at the show's final Comic-Con panel this summer. Still, there have been no shortage of rumors swirling around the set, with set photos leaked in November seemingly indicating a massive King's Landing battle scene. Those photos depicted sets being built that many speculated to be one of the seven entrances to King's Landing, which could be destroyed in this possible battle scene. Who will be involved in this potential battle remains unseen, and it isn't clear what episode this scene may take place.
While the network has been keeping almost everything regarding the new season under wraps, we reported in October that Marc Rissmann (Into the Badlands) has been cast as Harry Strickland, who could be a very important character this season. In the George R.R. Martin novels, Harry Strickland was the leader of a group of mercenaries, known in Westeros as "sellswords," entitled The Golden Company. The Golden Company will fight for anyone who pays them the right price, and while they are highly skilled, they have allegiances to no one, only the side who pays them the most. To read more about this charity auction, you can head on over to Variety.