'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Release Date Announced: HBO Will Premiere Final Episodes in April, Watch the New Trailer

Game of Thrones has been gone since 2017, but winter is coming, again, for the last time. Game of Thrones Season 8 will be just six episodes; the final episodes in a series many of us have watched since 2011. Few television events have been bigger than the end of Game of Thrones, and now we know when that ending begins. Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere April 14 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

The Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere was announced this Sunday, just before the premiere of True Detective Season 3. The announcement also brought with it a trailer.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Plot Questions

Responsible for wrapping up maybe the most sprawling narrative in TV history, Game of Thrones Season 8 has a lot to settle:

  • Who will sit in on the Iron Throne?
  • Who will kill Cersei in fulfillment of her childhood prophecy?
  • Who are the three heads of the dragon prophesied to Daenerys?
  • Who is Azor Ahai?
  • Who, if anybody, is the Night's King?
  • Will the White Walkers be repelled from Westeros or will a new Long Night take over the world?
  • Will Jon Snow, now Aegon Targaryen, challenge Daenerys' claim to power?
  • Who will win CleganeBowl?
  • Where will the Faceless Men and the Iron Bank of Braavos stand in the final conflict?

But while we don't know much about the season's big reveals, who will survive or whether Tormund Giantsbane will finally win over Brienne of Tarth, we do know who will direct the episodes and bring these final hours of carnage. We even know how Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere: with Daenerys arriving at Winterfell, intentionally mirroring the very first episode of the series, which opens with Robert Baratheon and his retinue visiting the Stark keep, setting in motion events that would alter the history of Westeros forever.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode Directors

Episodes 1, 2 & 4 - David Nutter, director of episodes "The Rains of Castamere" (The Red Wedding), "A Man Without Honor" (The House of the Undying) and "Mother's Mercy" ("Shame! Shame!").

Episodes 3 & 5 - Miguel Sapochnik, director of "Hard Home" and "Battle of the Bastards."

Episode 6 Series Finale - David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, the show's creators, who also wrote the final four episodes of the series.

One of the two episodes directed by Sapochnik will feature the largest battle ever brought to television.

"It's brutal," Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, told Entertainment Weekly. "It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park."

"Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel's challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we've been building toward this since the very beginning, it's the living against the dead, and you can't do that in a 12-minute sequence," Benioff said.

Once the dust has settled; once Game of Thrones is over for good, we'll be able to await The Winds of Winternext entry in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—in peace, at last.

The first episode in Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.