The first official photo for Game of Thrones Season 8 is finally here. Stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington appear as their characters, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, on the cover this week's Entertainment Weekly, embracing each other in the snow.
According to EW, the issue goes behind-the-scenes of the series' eighth and final season, which just may be the best-kept secret of any TV series ever. Readers will get a first look into the long-anticipated final season, the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history, and a possible preview of the plot of the last six episodes.
In regards to season 8, Game of Thrones co-executive producer of Bryan Cogman, says, "It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death ... It’s an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what author George R.R. Martin set out to do—which is flipping this kind of story on its head."
Many Game of Thrones actors have commented on talked about the intensity of shooting the final season as the creators are determined to get everything just right, while at the same time making sure that any details regarding where the series will go be kept under wraps. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) recalled how there was a "drone killing" device that deactivated drones attempting to fly over the set and get sneak peeks.
"It’s relentless," Harington told EW about shooting the final season. "Scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot. They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options."
"Camera checks take longer, costumes are a bit better, hair and makeup a bit sharper—every choice, every conversation, every attitude, has this air of ‘this is it,'" added Clarke. "Everything feels more intense."
The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019.