With our eyes still full of stars (and Valyrian fire), we're clearly not totally over the seventh season of Game of Thrones yet. In truth, we are all deliberately avoiding thinking we'll have to wait A WHOLE YEAR for the final season (at least).
The shooting is due to last ten months. That's much longer than the previous seasons, and this despite the biggest budget showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff ever had to play with.
The creative duo is putting the final touch to their dragons, for an ultimate season they want unforgettable, an ending worthy of a revolutionary series that has, over the years, acquired cult status. The actors are already convinced it'll be a success anyway.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, John Bradley (dear old Samwell Tarly on-screen), was particularly enthusiastic about the next six episodes that will conclude the Kingdom of the Seven Crowns saga:
"Clearly every single episode of the six you’ve got left in Season 8 is gonna be monumental and needs somebody at the helm who’s done that kind of high-stakes, high-octane direction before for us.”
In order to achieve with, you need top people behind the camera. The directors who'll work on the final season are top-notch, and some of them have even already some experience with the Westeros universe, such as Miguel Sapochnik.
He was at the helm for "The Gift" (season 5), "Hardhome" (season 5), "Battle of the Bastards" (season 6) and "The Winds of Winter" (season 6). He won the Emmy Award for best director with Game of Thrones in 2016.
David Nutter will be back too. He directed the famous "Red Wedding" episode in season 3. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff themselves will be in charge of the finale. It'll be the end of the GoT adventure for them, as they do not wish to be involved in the spin-offs HBO is busy preparing.