This is it – Game of Thrones Season 8 kicks off today
- UPDATE: GoT fans can watch the latest episodes at the same minute as the US via OSN Play and On Demand (from 4 am on April 15)
- The first episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 will be shown in the US later today
- Each episode of the final season is rumoured to cost US$15-million a pop
- The last episode of Season 7 aired almost two years ago
It has been 595 days since we last got a whiff of Game of Thrones.
After wrapping the Season 7 finale, the actors and production team gave themselves a full two years to get the ultimate season ready. And oh boy are we excited to see it.
Today is the day (well, in the US anyway) – the official Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 1 launch day. It will be aired on HBO later this evening in the United States (super early morning for us here in the UAE).
OSN has the rights to Game of Thrones here, and will be airing it on April 15, at 10:00 pm. But fret not die-hard fans. Those willing to get up at 4 am - and have an OSN Play and On Demand subscription - can watch the first episode of Season 8 live alongside with their US counterparts.
Just last night, Kit Harington took to The Graham Norton Show to lament he no longer considered himself Jon Snow. Speaking on the show, he explained, “I really, really had waited to say the words 'not anymore' like in a really stoic, kind of cool way, like the first person I'd go 'not anymore'. What really happened was I left set and I was very emotional and this poor girl came up to the airport and said 'are you Jon Snow?' and I went [sobbing]: 'Not anymore'".
The final season features just six episodes (each an hour and a half long) and will track the remaining characters and their quest to conquer/save Westeros. That said, each episode has the ability to break television records when it begins airing later tonight.
Speaking about what viewers can expect of the final season, Peter Dinklage warned that one epic battle scene in the new series, “makes the Battle of the B**stards look like a theme park”.
The overall budget for Game of Thrones final season was rumoured to be around US$90-million (that’s a cool US$15-million per episode). That should mean that fans are in for a treat when the first episode airs later today.
Game of Thrones is available on OSN in the UAE. It is available via OSN Play and On Demand from 4:00 am (KSA time). It will also be shown on OSN Series First HD at 10:00pm, Monday April 15.