It’s been a long time since the penultimate season of Game of Thrones came to an end – zombie dragon and all- but we’re still not quite sure we’re ready for what’s to come.
With just hours to go until the final season starts, HBO have released more and more tantalising – if not terrifying – teasers, trailers and pictures; scenes from an apocalyptic Winterfell, Sansa offering her home to the Mother of Dragons, the arrival of the Golden Company, et al.
One unconditional guarantee is the absolute spectacle that awaits us. With a handful of feature-length episodes on the other side of the season premiere, it’s safe to say these episodes (which reportedly feature the most complex sequences ever filmed for television) will be the best of the monumental show’s best.
Here’s everything we know so far about season 8 of the hit fantasy epic.
When does Games of Thrones season 8 start?
HBO’s Game of Thrones will return for its final season on Sunday April 14 (tonight!) in the US. The UK release date is April 15.
What time is episode 1 on TV tonight?
The first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 will air in the US at 9pm Eastern time and at 2am on Monday 15 April in the UK. You can find out more about how to watch Game of Thrones in the UK in our handy guide.
How many episodes will there be in season 8?
The eighth season will be the shortest yet; only six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes) and much shorter than the first six seasons of the show (which had 10 episodes each).
How long will each episode be?
While the eighth season will only have six episodes, some of them will be much longer than the one-hour slot they’ve filled in previous seasons. The first couple of episodes, however, are disappointingly short: