'Game Of Thrones' Reveals First Image From Final Season as 'Entertainment Weekly' Cover

Emilia Clarke Kit Harington
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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

The first official photo from the final season of Game of Thrones has been released in the form of the cover for this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly. In the photo, actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington embrace in the snow as their characters Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. 

The Game of Thrones cast have endured an intense 10-month shoot for the series' final season, season eight, which will premiere in 2019. This will be the shortest season of the show, with a mere six episodes, compared to the ten episodes of the first six seasons and the seven episodes of the seventh. 

"It’s relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot,” Harington told Entertainment Weekly. "They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options."

"[Camera] checks take longer, costumes are a bit better, hair and makeup a bit sharper -- every choice, every conversation, every attitude, has this air of 'this is it.' Everything feels more intense," Clarke added.

Like the previous seasons, the show's final one will largely consist of original content not yet published in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that Game of Thrones is based on. A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R. R. Martin has estimated that the final two volumes of the book series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, will clock in at over 1,500 pages each. The most recently-published A Song of Ice and Fire book, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011. Fans desperate to see how the stories of Daenerys, Jon, and others turn out will probably be paying lots of attention to what happens in the final television season.

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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.