Variety got a chance to speak to Richard Plepler after the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards and the HBO Chairman and CEO shared his thoughts on the final Game of Thrones episodes, which he’s had a chance to watch twice.
“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie,’“ Plepler said. Of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Plepler added: “They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
The power players of the Seven Kingdoms have gone to great lengths to get to where they are. All have made sacrifices, experienced betrayal and taken great risks for the throne — some have already lost the battle.
Directors for Game of Thrones Season 8 include creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, plus David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers for the season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
Returning series regulars will include Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner(Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion).
The eighth and final season will premiere in April 2019.