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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 debut in South Africa


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 debut in South Africa

The much-awaited and finale season of Game of Thrones debuts tonight.
HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 8 will debut tonight, 14 April in the U.S and 15 April here in South Africa.

Season 8 will be the shortest with only six episodes, making it shorter than the first six seasons which had 10 episodes each.



Runtime for each episode will differ, with last two episodes going for 80 minutes long. The first episodes will come shortest:

– Ep1: 54 minutes
– Ep2: 58 minutes
– Ep3: 60 minutes
– Ep4: 78 minutes
– Ep5: 80 minutes
– Ep6: 80 minutes

It’s reported HBO spent over $90 million (estimating $15 million each episode) to put together Season 8 making the show the most expensive TV series of all time.

The show is broadcast in 207 countries and simulcast in 194 countries.

The viewership (U.S) for each season kept growing massively:

– Season 1: 9.3 million
– Season 2: 11.6 million
– Season 3: 14.4 million
– Season 4: 19.1 million
– Season 5: 20.2 million
– Season 6: 25.7 million
– Season 7: 32.8 million.

South Africans will be able to watch Season 8 premiere on the morning on 15 April. M-Net (101) will air all Season 8 episodes at 03:00 every Monday morning.

The episodes will rebroadcast at 22:00 on M-Net (101) every Monday and added to Catch Up. Showmax will also stream all episodes, added at 22:00 every Monday.



All the main cast members will return for the final Season. Other returning cast includes; Liam Cunningham (Davos), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne).

In the final season, the battle continues, between Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and all of the North as they prepare for the White Walkers’ invasion.

Season 8 will reportedly open with Daenerys and her army arriving in Winterfell and that Sansa is not at all happy with Jon Snow having bent the knee to the Mother of Dragons.

And as expected we will see the much-anticipated major battle, all of which will take place at Winterfell.

source: HBO, Telegraph, Forbes


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