Game of Thrones Showrunners Say a Season 8 Battle Will Outdo the 'Battle of the Bastards'


There's a lot of hype surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones. Which makes sense when you consider that this is the show that gave us both the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding (and just a few episodes apart, no less). In the lead-up to the season 8 premiere, an unprecedented number of fan theories and rumors have been reported—so much so that viewers are already on the edge of their seats, even though it will be more than two months before we see a new episode. Knowing how high expectations would be, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been feeling the pressure to make season 8 the most memorable of all (which is no easy task, considering all the new ground the series has broken over the past seven seasons).

While both cast and crew are contractually obligated to remain tight-lipped about pretty much anything related to the final season, the show's co-creators teased a tantalizing detail in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When asked about how they were preparing to wow audiences with their last batch of episodes, they claimed that the biggest, baddest battle in Game of Thrones history will go down in the final season.

"In terms of sheer scope, there is a lot in this season that outstrips the 'Battle of the Bastards' sequence so expertly directed by Miguel Sapochnik," they claimed. "We can say this without feeling bad, since most of it was also expertly directed by Miguel Sapochnik."

While this tidbit might be enough to satisfy fans of other series, Game of Thrones viewers are different—and only have more questions. Like who will the battle be between? Who will die? And, of course, who will win? Let the fan theories fly!

Game of Thrones will return for its final season on April 14, 2019.