First Look At Game Of Thrones Season 8

Can winter come ANY SLOWER???

At least that's what we've been asking ourselves while we wait for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. While the series is taking its sweet time to come back to HBO, we finally got our first look at the notoriously secretive series.

On the cover of Entertainment Weekly, we got our first glimpse of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the lead-up to the final six episodes of the epic series which took TEN MONTHS to shoot.

With the whole world holding their breath for the final season, the stars definitely felt the pressure. "Scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot," Kit Harington told EW.

"They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options."

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His co-star and lover and aunt (?????) played by Emilia Clarke added, "Costumes are a bit better, hair and makeup a bit sharper — every choice, every conversation, every attitude, has this air of ‘this is it'," she said. "Everything feels more intense."

First Look At Game Of Thrones Season 8
First dates are always awkward when they double as a family reunion. Image: HBO.

The series has always done the most to keep from spoilers leaking on set, with one cast member apparently telling EW that they were told to not even take a pic of their boots on the ground of the set.

Everyone came together for a table read of the final episodes after they received their password-protected scripts.

Also, living up to his character, Harington walked into the table read without opening his scripts beforehand (Clarke said she rushed home as soon as she received the email). In typical Jon Snow form, he knew nothing and listening to the table read -- he cried. TWICE.

Thankfully when Game of Thrones wraps up its last six episodes, that won't be the end of Westeros for us. HBO recently announced Naomi Watts would be leading an ensemble cast for a pilot prequel series.

Unfortunately, an HBO rep also said any GoT spin-off or prequel wouldn't air "until at least a year after the final season".

Featured image: Entertainment Weekly / HBO.