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When does Game of Thrones season 8 start, how did series 7 end and is it on Netflix?

GAME Of Thrones fans are settling in for the Long Night as Dragons and White Walkers prepare to do battle in Westeros.

Season eight is drawing ever closer – with the final season only a week way!

What happens in the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer and are there any hints about who dies?

Fans of the HBO epic fantasy series went into overdrive as the first proper footage of the six-part final season was released online.

But as usual the producers haven't given too much away in the trailer with regards to the plot of series 8, instead it just offers a glimpse of what is in store.

The trailer shows the moment Sansa Stark appears to decide to betray Jon and Daenerys as she glares at them as they both walk towards their dragons.

Jon Snow and Queen Daenerys are then seen riding with their armies together as her two remaining dragons fly around them.

Lady Sansa Stark looks curiously at the dragons and her cousin Jon, potentially hinting at her betraying them both to seize the throne for herself.

The trailer begins with assassin Arya Stark fleeing in the catacombs in Winterfell from an unknown attacker – which is the only hint that the trailer gives concerning possible deaths.

Beaten and bloody she runs before it cuts to another scene where she holds her sword and says: "I know death. He's got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one."

The trailer also appears to show Bran, who was left unable to walk in the first episode, seemingly walking at Winterfell as he surveys the troops.

He says: "Everything that you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home."

Gendry is briefly seen as he makes more weapons able to kill the White Walkers for the armies.

A huge battle is previewed as a White Walker can be seen viciously cutting through the North men in battle.

Jon runs into battle and there's a hint of a shadow next to him that could be Arya as she faces the White Walkers with her dragonglass blade.

Meanwhile Jaimie Lannister finally arrives in The North and pledges to fight for the living after fleeing from his sister Cersei's cruel plan to destroy the country so she can keep her throne.

He says: "I promise to fight for the living and I intend to keep that promise."

Back in King's Landing Cersei drinks wine in the great hall filled with fire pits after winter arrived,, perhaps confirming she is no longer pregnant.

The trailer ends with frozencloven feet stomping on the ground as the Night King's armies arrive in Winterfell.

When will Game of Thrones season 8 start and is it on Netflix?

The start date for Game of Thrones' final series will be April 14, 2019.

Unfortunately for Netflix UK users, it will only be available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.

We know the final series will be the shortest in Game of Thrones' history with just six episodes, following on from the seven in season seven.

It seems very likely that each episode will be feature length but could range anywhere between 60-120 minutes in length.

Although the show may be coming to an end, the creator George R.R. Martin revealed he would have liked the show to continue for several more years.

“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons," he told Variety. “David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.

"There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”

Who will be in the Game of Thrones season 8 cast?

While the final cast for the series has not been revealed, all of the characters who survived season seven will be reprising their roles for the finale.

So, you will see Kit Harrington continuing as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

Tyrion's siblings Cersei and Jamie will once more be portrayed by Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the final series.

The show has featured a host of guest actors and cameos, so don't be surprised if another high-profile star repeats Ed Sheeran's brief (and not entirely popular) season seven exploits.

One recurring guest star who should play a prominent part is Mark Gatiss – his character Tycho Nestoris has increased in importance as the show nears its conclusion.

Perhaps surprisingly, the three remaining Starks survived season seven – so you'll get another chance to see Maisie Williams as Arya, Sophie Turner as Sansa and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran.

Similarly, Alfie Allen's character Theon Greyjoy is somehow still going strong, and his vicious uncle Euron will again be played by Pilou Asbæk.

However, Aidan Gillen's time on the show looks to be over, after Petyr Baelish's dramatic demise in the season seven finale.

Do we know any Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers?

The TV series overtook George RR Martin's novels long ago – so how the Game of Thrones will eventually pan out remains a secret.

Of course, this hasn't stopped fans speculating feverishly over who will eventually take the Iron Throne, along with just about everything else to do with the show.

What seems certain is that Jon Snow (or is that Aegon Targaryen?) will finally learn the truth of his parentage – which might make things awkward now that he's romped with Daenerys, his aunt.

We'll also presumably find out who the Night King really is (one popular theory is that it's none other than plucky child turned creepy sage Bran Stark).

Fans were quick to speculate on season 8 after a series of casting calls hinted at future plots.

According to Game Of Thrones fan site Watchers On The Wall,  the show is looking for a mercenary character described as: “An authoritative, fit, cool and charismatic military type" and will need to be "able to ride a horse."

It's likely that the mercenary role could be linked to the evil Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek).

At the end of the last season, he was sent to go and retrieve the sellswords of the infamous Golden Company to fight for the plotting Cersei Lannister.

Following their tense goodbye at the end of season seven, it seems likely that the incestuous Lannister twins' fates will be entwined, despite Jamie seemingly leaving Cersei to join the war against the dead.

In the books, Cersei's murder is foretold by a witch and some believe that she subtly hints her killer will be Jaime Lannister.

And now that the White Walkers and their undead hordes have breached the wall, and have an ice dragon at their disposal, Jon, Daenerys and co will need all the help they can get.

It seems certain that only when that's done and dusted will we finally learn who take the Iron Throne – and wins the Game of Thrones.

Were there multiple endings filmed for season 8 of Game of Thrones?

Game Of Thrones bosses filmed multiple endings for the cult fantasy drama’s big series finale to prevent key plot details leaking online.

The secrecy surrounding the series’ ending was taken to a whole new level.

Producers have even kept cast members in the dark about which characters live or die.

Talking to Vulture, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, revealed that they also shot fake scenes.

She said: "We shoot fake scenes. We got into costume in Croatia because we know the paparazzi lurk around there, so we would spend like half a day doing nothing."

Kit Harington admitted that he cried when he read the final script, and also revealed that there was a secret episode of the show that will never air.

He revealed: "They say, if I ever p**s them off too much, they'll release it on YouTube.

"Every now and then, they send me a screengrab, just as a threat."

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