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Liam Cunningham (Davos) talks about the filming schedule for Game of Thrones Season 8

This past weekend’s Golden Globe Awards are still yielding useful bits of information. Particularly, this interview with Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) has some juicy nuggets in it.

“We’re still filming,” he says. “We don’t finish until the end of [February]. That’s seven episodes. And then we start again in September and there’s a final six.”

First of all, his note about filming through the end of February lines up with what other cast members have said. And the bit about there being six episodes in the eighth and final season is also consistent with what we’ve heard.


But the most useful piece of intel is that Game of Thrones Season 8 will start filming in September of this year. Filming for Game of Thrones Season 7 started in September of last year. Note that, for the first six seasons of the show, the cast and crew filmed roughly from July through December. For Season 7, they pushed that date back so they could take advantage of naturally snowy conditions in, for example, Iceland. Winter, after all, has come to Westeros, and the show wants to film in the dead of actual winter to maintain verisimilitude.

If the show is filming Season 8 starting in September, that probably means it’ll also run through the winter of 2017/2018, meaning we could be in for a snowy final season.


  • Actors sometimes sign on for more than 1 season at a time with clauses in their contracts if their character dies sooner.

  • September seems a bit early for “winter”, so they may be filming the final episodes first, after “winter” has been conquered. Then, once winter starts, they can get back to those final battle scenes and stories, no?

  • Well, the seventh (which now may not be the last) book, hints at spring. There might not be much of spring in the final season.

    My own guess is that the final battle, probably against the White Walkers, will be featured in episodes four and five. Very hard to top that. Let us assume that the humans won.

    The final episode would probably be more of an epilogue. A few people may have to die but a lot of it might be indoors. In that case, they can film it at any time. I have a feeling some of the final scenes will be done very quietly (possibly with deliberate differences, doing it a few times to increase confusion) so that the final results are not leaked.

    Recall that George RR Martin said it would be a bittersweet ending and compared it to Lord of the Rings where the bad guys had taken over in the hobbit’s land and had to be pushed out. I have the feeling a few of the people we like will go down at that point. I have a feeling that Snow and Dany might not be alive at the end.