In just a few short days, Game of Thrones Season 7 will finally be upon us, with the season premiere airing Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO. Since there has been very little released about the new season, and the eighth and final season that will follow in either 2018 or 2019, a new tidbit from Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, could prove to be quite interesting. During a new interview promoting this upcoming season, the actress made it clear that she will not be returning for any of the other spin-off shows that have been in development, which could mean that Daenerys will not survive Season 8. Here's what she had to say below.
"It's a really interesting season in terms of some loose ends that have been tied, some really satisfying plot points, some things where you're like, 'Oh, my God. I forgot about that!' Rumors are going to be confirmed or denied. I mean, I have no doubt there'll be prequels and sequels and who knows what else. But I am doing one more season. And then that'll be it. It makes me emotional to think about. It's my beginning, middle and end, the single thing that has changed me most as an adult."
While the actress doesn't actually say her Daenerys Targaryen character will be killed in the final season, during her Rolling Stone interview, it's clear she has no plans on reprising the role beyond the eighth and final season. As of now, the spin-off shows that are currently in development are all said to be prequels, set before the events of the flagship series, although no plot specifics have been released about any of these shows. While we'll have to wait and see what happens to Daenerys, the actress did drop an interesting tidbit about this season.
"Spoiler alert. I normally don't spend very much time in Belfast, but this last season I spent a little more time there."
For the uninitiated, Belfast, Ireland is the production hub of Game of Thrones, where all of the Kings Landing scenes are filmed. We last saw Daenerys setting sail across the Narrow Sea to Westeros, with a massive fleet and army as she prepared for her quest to claim the Iron Throne as hers. It has since been confirmed that, before heading to King's Landing, she will return to her ancestral homeland of Dragonstone. This tiny tidbit could mean that her plans are ultimately successful, and that she may in fact end up on the Iron Throne after all, but that's only speculation at this point.
As for the Game of Thrones final season, it has been confirmed that the season will only span six episodes, but there has also been talk that each of those episodes may be feature-length, with six 90-minute episodes. While the episode count would still be shorter than a traditional season of 10 one-hour episodes, these six 90-minute episodes would equate to nine hours of programming for the final episodes. Hopefully we'll find out more details as we get closer and closer to the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO.