The Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Put You in Therapy, Says Gwendoline Christie

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Winter is coming, eventually. We’ve all been waiting for Game of Thrones‘ season 8 with bated breath. Season 7 aired back in 2017, making for a pretty large gap between seasons. But now, our watch has nearly ended.

Season 8 is due in early 2019, and the hype is rapidly spreading. Fan theories have been rampant since season 7 ended, so we’re eager to see who had it right, and how this all ends. One thing is for sure, though: season 8 is going to be an emotional rollercoaster for its fans. And if you had any doubts of that, one Game of Thrones star just confirmed it in no uncertain terms.

See what they said, and read up on everything we know about the final season so far. Most of all, let’s get ready to power through the emotional pain together!

Your beloved series is coming back.

In four months (April 2019), Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season.

And this one is gonna be a doozy.

You know, because the Red Wedding and the Battle of the Bastards and every other plot twist or harrowing battle wasn’t already doozy enough. Nine years, eight seasons, and every single one found a way to break us.

Meanwhile, Gwendoline Christie has something to say about it.

Brienne of Tarth herself has spoken! The actress recently starred in Steve Carell’s upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen. But on the red carpet, reporters had other questions for her.

Specifically, they asked about any upcoming character deaths in GOT.

We could laugh and say the only deaths will be a ton of white walkers, but let’s face it, we’d be in serious denial.

Obviously, Gwendoline gave no spoilers.

But she did have this to say on the emotional toll of the next season: “You’re going to need therapy,” she told E!. “I think just the show ending is going to send all of the world into professional help.”

Christie herself predicts getting emotional.

“I think it’s going to make me incredibly emotional,” she said. “We’re all emotional about the fact that this is the end, and this is the end of something incredibly significant for all of us, and it’s been a truly incredible thing to be a part of.”

The show’s upcoming end has raised many questions.

Are they going with the ending George R.R. Martin had in mind? Will Martin ever finish the series? After all, we won’t know if the ending is a satisfying one until we sit down and watch it, but some assurances would be great all the same.

But here’s what we DO know:

First off, season 8 is only going to have 6 episodes. However, those episodes will be longer than the usual GOT runtime of an hour.

So we’ll still be getting the same amount of content.

Or possibly even more. According to Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos), “We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

Notable directors are returning.

You may not know their names, but you know the episodes they directed. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also directing, and they’ve obviously given a lot to the show. Also returning are directors David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik–and that’s great news for us!

Their episodes are iconic.

Sapochnik directed both The Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome– the two huge battle scenes of their respective seasons. So naturally, Sapochnik is in charge of another battle in season 8. And one of Nutter’s past episodes is The Rains of Castamere. You know, that one episode with the Red Wedding? Yeah. So we’re sure season 8 is in good hands.

It feels like season 1 in the beginning.

Although the show has been protective of any potential spoilers, in Entertainment Weekly cover did reveal one thing. Season 8 begins with Daenerys Targaryen marching on Winterfell, where she and Jon Snow plan to join forces and repel the White Walkers.

Does that sound familiar?

This moment will echo the opening of season 1’s premiere episode, where King Robert marched to Winterfell to make Ned Stark his Hand. And, yeah, also to start off a series of events that would lead to all-out war and disaster.

We may not know what’s going to happen, but one rivalry is easy to predict.

We all knew the Starks and the Lannisters would have to fight it out one of these days. Their rivalry has been brewing since season 1, and if a recent teaser is any indication, that rivalry reaches its zenith (and its conclusion) in season 8.

The question is how that rivalry will play out.

On the one hand, Cersei clearly has a devious plan to feign helping them with the White Walkers while really stabbing them in the back. On the other, Sansa and Arya have serious scores to settle. With Arya listing out Cersei’s name before bed every night, Cersei may well end up with a literal stab to the back.

There will be a battle, and it will be epic.

Another obvious prediction for season 8 is the battle against invading White Walkers. We know it’s going to happen. But EW‘s feature also revealed that it’ll be the biggest battle ever done on the show.

Seriously, it’s huge.

In the words of our very own Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), season 8’s Winterfell/White Walkers battle will make The Battle of the Bastards “look like a theme park.”

So, nothing to worry about.

The battle sequence took 55 nights to film– just about double The Battle of the Bastards‘ 25-night shoot. But we’re not at all worried that some heartbreaking deaths will happen here, not at all.

The ending is intense.

While we could have guessed this, the EW story has started to reveal just how intense it’ll be. Reportedly, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) cried at the table read for the final episode. What happened, Kit?!

Emilia Clarke was also not okay.

Clarke, who of course plays Daenerys Targaryen, told Vanity Fair that the show’s ending “f–ed me up.” Well that’s not ominous at all.

The Lannister brothers have also talked about it.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, told TheWrap that “all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle.” He added, “When I read it, some of the parts of it I’d get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising.”

Peter Dinklage is just a tease.

He told The Vulture that he thought Tyrion Lannister got a “very good conclusion” in the show. And then he suggested that might mean Tyrion’s death. Don’t play with our hearts like that, Peter.

And we got this glimpse of Jon and Dany.

Meanwhile, executive producer Bryan Cogman added to suspense over the show’s ending. “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,” he said.

That sounds both great and terrifying for fans.

Cogman added: “It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season and I think it honours very much what [author George RR Martin] set out to do – which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”

A fan-favorite is back!

Joe Bauer, the show’s visual effects supervisor, told HuffPost that we’ll finally be seeing Ghost again. Jon’s dire wolf hasn’t been seen since season 6. Apparently, he’s a strain on the VFX budget but he’s such a good boy!

Will Jaime return to Cersei?

Nikolaj Coster-Walder told IndieWire that he thinks Jaime will try to reach either Jon or Daenerys and inform them of Cersei’s treachery. When asked if Jaime is finished with Cersei, he replied, “I think that you never finish with your family even if you want to. It’s the thing that Tyrion says that there’s not a day that he doesn’t think about the fact that he killed his father even though he hated him… I’m sure for Jaime it’ll be the same. He’ll never be able to not have Cersei be a part of what makes him what he is.”

And this is really it for Game of Thrones.

When asked about the possibility of revival years down the road, HBO network boss Casey Bloys told the Hollywood Reporter, “That’s not happening. This story, A Song Of Ice and Fire, is done. There’s no revival, reboot, spinoff talk.” So let’s make this one count!

However, we are getting a prequel.

HBO is developing a prequel series about the world of the show, thousands of years before the events of GOT. Casting is ongoing, though we already know that Naomi Watts and Joshua Whitehouse will star in the show.

George R.R. Martin unintentionally dropped a hint.

Martin leaked over this blog that the show may be called ‘The Long Night,’ and we already know that it takes place in a time called the Age of Heroes. So, current theories over the show’s subject matter include Westeros’ first war with the White Walkers, before the Wall was built.

GOT’s season 8 is shaping up to be something special.

Just make sure you have a box of tissues at the ready (and possibly a therapist on speed dial). Does this story get you hyped for season 8? Share it with every GOT fan you know!