With the airing of The Dragon and the Wolf last Sunday, Season 7 of Game of Thrones has officially come to a close (after only 7 episodes, which still makes us sad). There have been rumors circulating since before the season began that fans would be waiting until 2019 to see the final season, which upset plenty of people. However, it looks like it won’t be too long of a wait until the filming leaks start popping up because pre-production for Season 8 has already begun.
First assistant director Charlie Endean mentioned that he was already hard at work on Season 8. Fans later received confirmation that filming would start soon from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, known to Game of Thrones fans as Jaime Lannister, who let it slip that filming would be starting in October.
However, the production team, the crew from Fire and Blood productions, are already on site and working to prepare the locations for Season 8 filming. They were spotted and photographed in Northern Ireland by a man on twitter called Catháir, who tweeted at Watchers on the Wall, working on the site used for Winterfell. He notes “there appears to be construction work at Winterfell set. Second pic (today) shows front wall removed.” And indeed the production team seems to be hard at work prepping Winterfell to be the meeting ground for the troops who are uniting against the dead.
The season finale let us know who will be stepping up to defend the realm, rallying behind Daenerys and Jon Snow to beat back the army of the dead. Despite her declaration that she would be marching her troops north without asking for an assurance as to her fate once the war has concluded, Cersei will be keeping the Lannister army in the south. Not only that, but she is also calling the Golden Company over from Essos to fight for her continued reign. Euron backed out as well, claiming fear, but in reality, he will be ferrying the mercenaries over for Cersei.
Jon and Dany, now more united than ever (*cough cough*) with Jon swearing fealty to her rather than keeping his own crown, will be standing against the Night King’s army together without help from the southerners. Except possibly Jaime Lannister, who has finally turned his back on his sister in favor of fighting for life and what is right. Hopefully, he’ll bring Bronn along with him as well.
They have limited time to rally, though. The end of Season 7 saw the Night King break through the wall, astride Dany’s fallen dragon Viserion. The army of the dead has passed beyond the wall and into the land of the living, and the great war is about to begin.
Still, it’s going to be a long wait.