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

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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.

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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