GAME Of Thrones fans were thrilled when the show returned in April 2019.
They are now gearing up for The Great Battle of Winterfell – but when is this happening? Here's the lowdown.
What is The Great Battle of Winterfell?
The Great Battle of Winterfell is a major battle that takes place during the Great War.
It id between an alliance of living armies, including the forces of the Starks and Targaryens, against the army of the dead led by the White Walkers.
The battle takes place at Winterfell, the seat of House Stark and regional capital of the North.
When is The Great Battle of Winterfell happening?
This has yet to be confirmed by HBO, however, it is likely to happen in episode three – which will air on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 9pm ET, and will be simulcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on Monday, April 29 from 2am.
It's being speculated by fans that this will be when the battle airs as director Miguel Sapochnik is credited for two episodes of Season 8, one of which is episode three and the other being episode five.
Given that his previous contributions to the series include Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards, it's safe to say that he'll be involved in this final battle as well.
Who will die in The Great Battle of Winterfell?
It's not yet known who will die in the battle, but fans are speculating it will see a massive cull.
There are characters likely to meet their maker:
- Jaime Lannister
- Daenerys Targaryen
- Jorah Mormont
- The Hound
- Tyrion Lannister
- Lord Varys
How long did The Great Battle of Winterfell take to film?
The episode will make television history when it airs as it is set to shatter records for the biggest battle sequence ever seen on screen.
The monumental war scene took a monster three months to shoot – over 50 days – with the majority of the filming taking place at night.
Jacob Anderson, who stars as Grey Worm, told The Irish Sun at the premiere of season eight: “It was occasionally miserable but I had never done anything like it and I might never do anything like that ever again in my life.
“There was a day where like there were a lot of people running around and were given weapons to run around and it was genuinely scary.
“People running past you knocking you with shields and swords and it’s like, well okay.”
The episode took a total of 11 weeks of night shoots in freezing temperatures with only trailers and space heaters to provide amenity.
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