Game Of Thrones Releases First Set Photo From Final Season

EW – Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow return on this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly.

In the latest issue, we go behind the scenes of Game of Thrones, the most secretive series on television, for the HBO epic’s final season.

From an emotional table read to staging the show’s biggest battle yet to a preview of the season 8’s mysterious storyline, the new issue is an exclusive first look at the show’s six remaining episodes from the set in Northern Ireland.

Oh boy… here we go. Not a lot to take from this photo that is less set photo and more magazine cover photo, but it feels good to have Thrones be a topic of conversation again. Now typically, I avoid Thrones spoilers like the plague. I’ve invested countless hours and seven years of my life into this show, and I’ll be damned if some asswipe flying a drone over some shooting location in Spain is going to unravel the whole thing for me. If I figure out who takes control of the Iron Throne before this final season premieres, you might as well scrap me off the pavement like this guy

What really excites me, is this very very large set piece battle that’s being described as the biggest in the show’s history. They say that every year, and astonishingly, have actually improved on every major battle sequence over the last six and a half seasons.

Exhibit A: The Battle of Blackwater

Exhibit B: The Wildlings attack on Castle Black

Exhibit C: Hardhome

Exhibit D: The Battle of the Bastards

Exhibit E: The Loot Train Battle

Exhibit F: The Frozen Lake Battle 

Jesus. Christ. If those don’t get the blood pumping, I don’t know what will. I can’t even imagine the type of set piece we’re going to get with the inevitable battle of everyone left vs. the White Walkers. We’re talking Starks, Dothraki, Lannisters, Daenerys and dragons, Men of the Night’s Watch, anyone left with a pulse.

Unfortunately, Thrones is still like 7 months away, and shit is bound to leak as we get closer to the season premiere, but HBO has shown that they’re willing to draw and quarter anyone floating spoilers out there. Either way, we’re in for one helluva time as one of the greatest television programs of all-time draws to a close.

Valar Morghulis.