When Game of Thrones returns to HBO in April for its final season, a few things are inevitable: There's going to be dragons, heartbreak and an epic battle, the outcome of which will determine the fate of Westeros.
Fans who were expecting that battle to wrap up the series by taking place in the final or penultimate episode, though, may be in for a surprise. Actor Vladimír Furdík has stated that the episode featuring the battle will come in the middle of the season. Furdík, who plays the icy undead Night King, spoke at a Hungarian fan convention about the upcoming season, and his quote regarding the placement of the battle was translated to English and verified by a native speaker of Hungarian, according to Mashable.
Furdík's comments translate to: "In the third episode of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intended to be a historic moment in television ... Almost the full episode will be about the battle, it will take about one hour."
This clearly references the alleged biggest battle ever seen on TV, which took 55 nights and then additional weeks for the studio to film. Game of Thrones has delivered some stunning combat scenes in previous seasons, some of which did take up an entire episode, but the pattern until now has been to reserve the biggest fight for the end of the season.
Considering that the six-episode final season will need to tie up any remaining loose ends from the previous seven seasons in addition to providing its own arc and climax, it's likely that the show needed to take a different approach to its pacing. With the most intense action out of the way, the last three episodes can be devoted to resolution and a final farewell for HBO's masterpiece series.
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in 2019. The HBO drama stars Vladimír Furdík as the Night King, as well as Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.