This spring, winter will finally arrive.
Game of Thrones' eighth and final season premieres on HBO on Sunday, April 14, and although the epic drama's last chapter is still shrouded in mystery, details about what's ahead for the final watch have been trickling out little by little.
Season 8 will consist of six new episodes that will range from 54 minutes to 1 hour, 22 minutes in length. The show is expected to pick up where the last season left off, when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) bent the knee — and, um, other body parts — to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) just as his brother warged around through time enough to confirm Jon's true identity as her nephew.
Last we saw, Cersei (Lena Headey) is still as sabotage-happy as ever, but this time, she might not have Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as firmly in her corner. As the final trailer for the new season showed, he's "promised to fight for the living" and "intend[s] to keep that promise." Oh, and the Night King's army has breached the Wall at East Watch and now has a zombie ice dragon on hand.
There are a lot of theories and rumors floating around about what will happen to our heroes, frenemies, and foes in Season 8. To borrow a phrase from the late, great Ygritte, we really know nothing, but HBO's premiere date announcement for Game of Thrones Season 8 did inspire some theorizing. The short preview featured Jon alongside Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) in the Stark family crypt as they encountered creepy statues of themselves and braced for the arrival of the freeze — and it may or may not have been a wink to that fan theory about Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) becoming the Night King.
Each of the six episodes of Game of Thrones' final season will air consecutively, with the following air dates and run times expected for each:
Episode 1 (April 14): 54 minutes
Episode 2 (April 21): 58 minutes
Episode 3 (April 28): 1 hour, 22 minutes
Episode 4 (May 5): 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode 5 (May 12): 1 hour, 20 minutes
Episode 6 (May 19): 1 hour, 20 minutes
Gather your dragonglass and prepare for the big fight ahead.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.