For as little as we know about Game of Thrones Season 7, there is even less known about Season 8, which was rumored to be six episodes long. Though, recent reports claim that it may be longer. No cast members have been confirmed for Season 8 yet, but during a recent interview at the BAFTA Awards, Sophie Turner revealed her production schedule for the next few years, teasing that she will come back to film the final episodes. Here's what she had to say on the BAFTA Awards red carpet.
"We're about to start shooting the next X-Men, we've just finished shooting season 7 of Game of Thrones, and I've got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to season 8."
This revelation confirms that Sophie Turner's character Sansa Stark does in fact survive Season 7, but whether or not she's standing when the series comes to an end is another question entirely. While no one knows how the show will end, especially since George R.R. Martin hasn't finished writing the last two books in his A Song of Fire and Ice novel series, it seems that at least Sansa will make it to the final season.
When Game of Thrones returns with Season 7 at some point this summer, it will be a shorter run than fans are used to, with just seven episodes instead of the traditional 10-episode season. While the episode count may be shorter, a number of Game of Thrones stars have spoken about this season, during a preview for the new Game of Thrones concert tour, which kicks off February 20 in Minneapolis, MN. One of the stars, Jacob Anderson, who plays the unsullied warrior Grey Worm on the hit series, revealed that even though the episode count is lower, Game of Thrones Season 7 still feels much bigger. Here's what he had to say in an interview with Mashable.
"It doesn't feel like a panic, but I'm panicked for people, I think. I think, and this is true of Season 6, you can feel that things are coming to a close. It's all getting a bit much. The show's kind of like a pressure cooker ... It's just absolute chaos. I'm just in awe of how everybody's managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn't necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger."
Production started on Game of Thrones Season 7 in September, a few months later than usual. The prodcuers are now in need of a colder climate, since, at the end of Game of Thrones Season 6, winter has finally arrived in Westeros. The production delay has forced the season to be delayed, moving from spring to summer, although an exact air date has still not been given. Production has recently wrapped on the season, and while there is still one more season to shoot, Liam Cunningham said he's already preparing himself to say goodbye to this amazing cast.
"I know we're all feeling it on set. You've yet to see the work we've done on Season 7. You guys have two more, we have one more, we're one ahead of you, and we're now in the position where it must be like trying to get off drugs. We're easing ourselves off drugs gently, and the drug is this show. Because we know we're coming to an end, and [because of] what we've been filming in Game of Thrones Season 7, without giving anything away, things are coming to a head, so not only do we feel the passage of time ... that's also been reflected in what we're shooting. So it can be occasionally a little odd on set; it adds to the work and adds to the tension and we can use it, but I've never committed to a job like this before, this length of time. I've got a family on this that I'm gonna miss hugely."
HBO hasn't issued any sort of plot rundown for this season, or a premiere date yet, but there have been a number of rumors and set photos that tease plenty of intriguing details. We saw in one set of photos from Spain that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is meeting the new King of the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Alfie Allen went onto speak about this next season, teasing that other character who haven't crossed paths before will do so in Season 7.
"In terms of the pace of it, it's been pretty much the same, but there's definitely a feeling of... 'it's coming to an end.' It's kind of crazy. It's sad for us, because we're not going to get to hang out as much. It's gonna be a crazy season. It's definitely going to blow a lot of people's minds. It's still the same running theme; characters that haven't crossed each other's paths before will do, and they're gonna take it even further this time. People have loyalties that they have to examine."
Maisie Williams did tease in a recent interview, though, that those select few cast members who survive from the first season to the eighth and final season, will all be getting special tattoos. It seems that Sophie Turner will be part of this elite group, although it remains to be seen whether or not she'll be standing when the Game of Thrones series comes to a close. Hopefully we'll find out more about Game of Thrones in the very near future, as we get closer and closer to the Season 7 premiere this summer.