When does Game of Thrones season 8 air, how many episodes will there be and are there any spoilers?

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SEASON seven of Game of Thrones was everything fans had hoped for, delivering a dramatic blur of dragons, death and deceit.

Now that it’s over, all anybody wants to know is when the eighth – and final – series will be on our screens. Be warned – season seven spoilers are coming…

 Tyrion and Daenerys still have a rocky road ahead to take the Iron Throne

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Tyrion and Daenerys still have a rocky road ahead to take the Iron Throne

When will Game of Thrones season 8 start and how many episodes will there be?

Unfortunately for fans desperate to find out who takes the Iron Throne, we don’t yet know the start date of Game of Thrones’ final series.

However, it’s been revealed that filming for season eight is set to begin in October 2017.

Given that the last two series took between nine and 11 months to go from the beginning of production to broadcast date, season eight could premiere as early as July 2018.

But given the way the scale and ambition of the show has increased, don’t be surprised if the show’s finale takes a little longer to make it to our screens – maybe even spring 2019.

We do know the final series will be the shortest in Game of Thrones’ history with just six episodes, following on from the seven in season seven.

 Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner will return as Arya and Sansa Stark

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Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner will return as Arya and Sansa Stark

Who will be in the Game of Thrones season 8 cast?

While the final cast for the series has not been revealed, all of the characters who survived season seven will be reprising their roles for the finale.

So you will see Kit Harrington continuing as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

Tyrion’s siblings Cersei and Jamie will once more be portrayed by Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the final series.

 Peter Dinklage will return in his much-loved role of Tyrion Lannister

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Peter Dinklage will return in his much-loved role of Tyrion Lannister

Perhaps surprisingly, the three remaining Starks survived season seven – so you’ll get another chance to see Maisie Williams as Arya, Sophie Turner as Sansa and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran.

Similarly, Alfie Allen’s character Theon Greyjoy is somehow still going strong, and his vicious uncle Euron will again be played by Pilou Asbæk.

However, Aidan Gillen’s time on the show looks to be over, after Petyr Baelish’s dramatic demise in the season seven finale.

 After Petyr Baelish's demise we're unlikely to see Aidan Gillen again

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After Petyr Baelish’s demise we’re unlikely to see Aidan Gillen again

The show has featured a host of guest actors and cameos, so don’t be surprised if another high-profile star repeats Ed Sheeran’s brief (and not entirely popular) season seven exploits.

One recurring guest star who should play a prominent part is Mark Gatiss – his character Tycho Nestoris has increased in importance as the show nears its conclusion.

Do we know any Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers?

The TV series overtook George RR Martin’s novels long ago – so how the Game of Thrones will eventually pan out remains a secret.

Of course, this hasn’t stopped fans speculating feverishly over who will eventually take the Iron Throne, along with just about everything else to do with the show.

 Jon Snow romps with Danerys Targaryen... his aunt

Jon Snow romps with Danerys Targaryen… his aunt

What seems certain is that Jon Snow (or is that Aegon Targaryen?) will finally learn the truth of his parentage – which might make things awkward now that he’s romped with Daenerys, his aunt.

We’ll also presumably find out who the Night King really is (one popular theory is that it’s none other than plucky child turned creepy sage Bran Stark).

 Fans will be hoping to discover the identity of the Night King

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Fans will be hoping to discover the identity of the Night King

Fans were quick to speculate on season 8 after a series of casting calls hinted at future plots.

According to Game Of Thrones fan site Watchers On The Wall, the show is looking for a mercenary character described as: “An authoritative, fit, cool and charismatic military type” and will need to be “able to ride a horse.”

It’s likely that the mercenary role could be linked to the evil Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek).

At the end of the last season, he was sent to go and retrieve the sellswords of the infamous Golden Company to fight for the plotting Cersei Lannister.

 Jamie was seen turning his back on his twin sister/lover Cersei in the series seven finale

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Jamie was seen turning his back on his twin sister/lover Cersei in the series seven finale

Following their tense goodbye at the end of season seven, it seems likely that the incestuous Lannister twins’ fates will be entwined, despite Jamie seemingly leaving Cersei to join the war against the dead.

And now that the White Walkers and their undead hordes have breached the wall, and have an ice dragon at their disposal, Jon, Daenerys and co will need all the help they can get.

It seems certain that only when that’s done and dusted will we finally learn who take the Iron Throne – and wins the Game of Thrones.

 Could Bran Stark really be revealed as the fearsome Night King?

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Could Bran Stark really be revealed as the fearsome Night King?

Will there be multiple endings filmed for season 8 of Game of Thrones?

Game Of Thrones bosses are preparing to film multiple endings for the cult fantasy drama’s big series finale to prevent key plot details leaking online.

The secrecy surrounding the series’ ending will be taken to a whole new level as season eight wraps.

Producers are even planning to keep cast members in the dark about which characters live or die.

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow romps with his aunt Daenerys Targaryen as his true name is finally revealed as Aegon Targaryen

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