Dying for the 8th and final season of Game of Thrones to arrive? You are most definitely not alone! However, we sadly already know that we’ve got a serious wait until that joyous day arrives. HBO has slated the return of GoT for April 2019. That’s a long wait. However, some new and explosives spoilers have been escaping the production.
Filming is currently underway on Game of Thrones season 8 and invariably that means spoilers are leaking from the set. This spoiler, however, is a real doozy. Those who wish to remain in the dark about what may happen in Game of Thrones’ final season should stop reading now. Seriously. The following information contains a HUGE SPOILER for upcoming events so do proceed with caution.
Today, Game of Thrones fansite, Watchers on The Wall, shared a video taken from outside the Winterfell set in Northern Ireland. Recent weeks have seen this set grow bigger, with more ramparts and towers getting physically constructed rather than being left for post-production CGI. It’s been assumed this is because more action will take place at Winterfell in season 8 – specifically, a battle once the Night King and his army reach the castle – but thanks to this video we may now know why they really needed to beef up their Winterfell set – so it could be burned to the ground.
— Crown_For_A_King (@Crown_ForAKing) January 31, 2018
The video is short and not of the best quality, but what it depicts couldn’t be any clearer – off in the distance is the very distinct silhouette Winterfell and its is engulfed in massive flames. This video is captured from a long way away, which means this is an incredibly large (and hopefully well-controlled) fire. A fire of this magnitude is not something that any structure – even a fortress as mighty as Winterfell – could be expected to withstand. So while it’s impossible to ever fully confirm a spoiler until the episode actually airs, it sure appears as if Winterfell won’t survive Game of Thrones season 8.
Of course, with any major spoiler comes only more questions. Who’s burning Winterfell? What happened to those still inside? And when exactly does this occur? To the first question, there are really only two possibilities – it’s either the Night King and wight-Viserion or Daenerys and/or Jon with Drogon and/or Rhaegal. Some serious fuel is needed to light a fire that big, so unless someone smuggled wildfire up north (which isn’t really out the realm of possibility) then Winterfell is almost certainly burning with dragonfire.