Earlier today, HBO announced that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones would debut this coming April. In the afternoon, one of the show's directors, David Nutter, hopped on Reddit for an AMA.
Naturally, Nutter, who has been with the fantasy series since 2012, got plenty of questions about Season 8 and he was all too willing to reciprocate with some tantalizing teases and hints about the show's impending ending.
With seven seasons already in the past, he was also able to revisit some of the biggest moments in Westeros without having to worry about divulging spoilers.
Here are some our favorite answers from the AMA...
The runtime of Season 8's episodes:
This morning, we revisited the speculation that all six episodes of Season 8 would be the length of two-hour movies. According to Nutter, this may only be half-true.
"Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes," he wrote in one of his responses. "They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure."
Season 8 in three words:
In Nutter's own words, "Spectacular, Inspiring, Satisfying."
When asked if Season 8 would feature time travel in any way, Nutter neither confirmed nor denied. However, he did state that none of his episodes (three out of the total six) did not have it.
"That’s the only clue I’m going to give you," he wrote in a reply that leaves the door open to the possibility of temporal displacement. Of course, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is able to look into the past as the Three-Eyed Raven. Perhaps we'll be getting more of that.
"Lying" to the president of the United States:
There is a story about Nutter "lying" to President Barack Obama about the fate of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) after the character was stabbed to death by his fellow members of the Night's Watch at the end of Season 5. Nutter was finally able to set the record straight during his AMA.
"I didn't want to read beyond season 5. I was basically directing season 5 and that was it. I didn't want to know what was happening next as a fan of the show," the director said. "So I did not lie to the president, but of course when they came out with him surviving the next year, I was worried I was going to get audited or something of that nature, get sent off to Guantanamo, but I did survive which was a good thing."
In the end, he joked about it with Obama on another occasion, where the president reportedly said, "David, you kill all my favorite characters."
Highly classified and environmentally friendly:
We know that security on the set of the final six episodes was the strictest for any of the seasons thus far. What you may not know is that production also went green...in a manner of speaking.
"Not a lot of paper on the set, like none. No scripts were printed, we only used iPads and things of that nature," Nutter wrote. "It was much more serious than in the past but the security has always been high."
He went on to recount how a ton of security was hired for Cersei's walk of shame in Season 5 because the shooting location was ripe for paparazzi to hide around any corner. In the end, there were no photographic attempts, and all of that security money was wasted.
A satisfying ending:
It could just be that he's being paid to say this, but Nutter is very happy with how the series ends and thinks fans will be, too.
"I think that [showrunners] [David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned. I guarantee there's going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it’s really very compelling stuff," he wrote in one reply.
Other than a closure-filled ending, another satisfying component of Season 8 will be seeing certain characters meeting for the first time.
"It was a chance for a lot of characters to work together that hadn’t worked together before. Or at least hadn’t worked together in a long time. So there was a sense of discovery and appreciation," the director said.
Shock & Awe:
Will anything in Season 8 be as shocking as The Red Wedding in Season 3? Here's Nutter's answer:
"As far as season 8 compared to the Red Wedding I just have to tell you - hang onto your seat cause it’s going to be special."