“Game of Thrones” fans have a long five months to wait until April 2019, when the eighth and final season is set to premiere, but David Nutter, a longtime director for the show, is helping to tide them over just a little bit.
Nutter answered fan questions about the eighth season of HBO’s fantasy epic on on Tuesday, in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. The director gave away as much info as he possible could about the finale without spoiling anything.
Here are the biggest things we learned about Season 8.
Season 8 only has six episodes, but don’t expect it to be short
The “Thrones” filmmakers have been saying practically since Season 7 began that Season 8’s episodes would be long, and Nutter tacitly confirmed that. “Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes,” he said. “They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”
The Red Wedding has nothing on Season 8, apparently
Nutter directed the infamous Season 3 episode “The Rains of Castemere,” which contained the Red Wedding. When a fan asked how the new season would compare to that iconic moment from the series, Nutter replied, “As far as Season 8 compared to the Red Wedding I just have to tell you – hang onto your seat cause it’s going to be special.”
The creators and actors took their time with the final season
Nutter underscored how much pressure there was to get the finale of the show right, and how much work everyone put in to the final season.
“There was not a second chance to get all of these sequences right, and a lot of sequences had many actors in them and some wonderfully intimate scenes as well,” he said. “So really it was about taking these characters from point A to B to C to D to E in the various episodes that I did, and making sure that it all balances out properly. We had a lot of rehearsal time and that was really the thing that saved me more than anything else. I’m very happy with the chance to get in there and rehearse with the actors, and I think they were too, and I think it turned out quite well.”
And when asked about why there was such a long break between Seasons 7 and 8, Nutter explained that it was due to the series’ complex digital effects. “Things take time my friends — they take a lot of time to create and GoT is the last place you’re going to find half baked work so it’s all about making sure they fill the frame with as much capacity as possible and making it as real and right as possible. Small price to pay for the amazing quality that comes out of that show,” he said.
There will be at least one direwolf in Season 8
A fan asked Nutter if there will be direwolves in Season 8, the huge wolf companions of the Stark family, citing fan displeasure with not seeing Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) direwolf in Season 7 too much. Nutter replied, “Well, I have to say that you will see a direwolf in Season 8. That’s all I can say.”
He’s happy with how things turn out
When asked to describe the final season in three words, Nutter had this to offer: “Season 8 in three words — Spectacular, Inspiring, Satisfying.”
Hopefully the season is as inspiring to fans as it is to the director.
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