As HBO's Game of Thrones continues production on its eighth and final season, new photos and videos have surfaced which tease a few epic spoilers, including one involving Winterfell. Production has shifted to Dubrovnik, Croatia, with images surfacing that feature Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) together in the same scene. Given the Lannister flag flying in one photo, it seems likely that these images were taken on a King's Landing set, which could mean that Jon Snow has travelled south again to meet with Queen Cersei. If you aren't caught up with the show at this time, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
At the end of Season 7, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and others, lead a coalition south to King's Landing, to show Queen Cersei one of the White Walkers, to prove that these creatures, and the threat facing all of Westeros, is very real. The season ended with Snow and Daenerys believing that Cersei will help them defend the North against the Night King and his army of undead soldiers, but Cersei later told Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she has no intention of helping, and that she sent Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) on a mission to retrieve The Golden Company, a legendary group of mercenaries, to mop up in the North after their armies had been decimated. It's possible that this King's Landing meeting takes place once Jon Snow realizes that Cersei has no intention of helping them.
One interesting detail from The Dubrovnik Times reveals that, during this scene, Jon Snow is sitting down, while Cersei is talking to him while standing. That dynamic could indicate that Jon Snow has perhaps taken over the throne, but then again, the Lannister flag is seen flying in another photo, indicating that this likely takes place in King's Landing, but it still doesn't explain why Snow is sitting while Cersei, who is presumably still the queen, is standing. While fans know that Jon Snow actually is the true and rightful heir to Iron Throne, since he was born from the secret union of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, only two characters on the show have this information, The Three-Eyed Raven/Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley).
Another reason for this meeting could be because Jaime Lannister has betrayed his sister/queen/lover, and told Jon Snow about Cersei's betrayal. Jaime was last seen riding north in Game of Thrones Season 7, after finally truly seeing how treacherous his sister has become. Production started back in September, and with filming expected to last until this summer, there is no indication as to what episode is being shot in these photos. Production on a typical 10-episode season would normally last six months, but this season is expected to be filming for upwards of nine months, despite the fact that there are only six episodes. There have been rumors that each of these six episodes will be feature-length, which would explain the expanded production schedule.
Last month, HBO finally confirmed that the Season 8 premiere date is in 2019, meaning 2018 will be the first full year without Game of Thrones since the show first debuted back in 2011. There is no indication as to when HBO may release any official details about the season, but with the show not debuting until sometime next year, don't expect anything from the network anytime soon. Take a look at these new photos courtesy of The Dubrovnik Times.