'Game of Thrones' season 8 news, update: Final season has six episodes; starts production this fall

The final season for "Game of Thrones" will only have six episodes. Production for the final season will begin in the fall, Liam Cunningham, who portrays Ser Davos Seaworth, recently spilled the beans.

(Game of Thrones /Facebook)"Game of Thrones" season 7 returns on HBO this summer.

At this year's Golden Globes, Cunningham let it slip that the actors of "Game of Thrones" have yet to start filming for season 8. Production for the last season of the series has not yet begun because they are still in the midst of filming for season 7.

"I think [the next season's] going to extraordinary. We're still filming — we don't finish until the end of next month," Cunningham said. "That's seven episodes and then we start again in September and there's a final six."

To add, filming for season 7 started late last year so that the shoot could coincide with the gloomy winter weather. Hence, fans should also expect a delayed release date, which means that "Game of Thrones" will not be returning in April like the usual.

According to reports, Kit Harington (as Jon Snow) was seen filming in Iceland. In this particular scene, the actor was spotted with a bunch of men from Westeros. Rumor has it that Snow and a number of the lead characters will be drawn toward the real enemies of the realm of man, the White Walkers.

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Furthermore, "Harry Potter" actor Freddie Stroma, who portrayed Dickon Tarly in season 6, will not be reprising his role for the upcoming season. His character and the rest of the Tarly family are expected to re-appear in season 7, but the actor has to say no to the role because of his commitment to ABC's "Time After Time." So far, HBO has not announced his replacement.

Although "Game of Thrones" is down to its last two seasons, fans might get to revisit this fictional world if HBO manages to set a deal for a spin-off series.

"Game of Thrones" season 7 is expected to air early this summer.

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