Emilia Clarke & Kit Harington Call 'Game of Thrones' Final Season 'Haunting,' 'Bittersweet'

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Game of Thrones fans can expect the show to have a "haunting" and "bittersweet" final season.

Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman and stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington teased Season 8 of the HBO series in the Nov. 9 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

"It's all about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death," Cogman told the magazine.

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"It's an incredible emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head," he added.

Game of Thrones is based on Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Clarke and Harington, who play Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, said the cast endured a demanding 10-month shoot to film the final six episodes.

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

Harington said in a previous interview with Deadline that he was feeling the weight of fan expectations. He told the publication he fears the eighth and final season will "let people down."

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"I think there's a certain pressure I've not felt before," the actor shared.

"Obviously, we don't want to [let people down] so we're very much stepping up everyone'e game which is very apparent, at least to me," he said. "We're all growing a bit and I think everyone's attention is very focused on what we're doing."

Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere in 2019. HBO is developing a prequel series starring Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse that is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

By Annie Martin

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.

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