Game of Thrones‘ seventh season might not be over yet, but it’s not too early to look ahead to the next. Here’s what to expect with GoT Season 8.

This is the final season.

In June 2016, HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced Season 8 would be Game of Thrones‘s last. “[The showrunners] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” he said during a press tour. “If I could get them to do more I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they [need] to make the best version of their show.”

One character whose destiny stays unsure come “Game of Thrones” season eight is Meera Reed together with her portrayer Ellie Kendrick revealing that she continues to be ready for HBO to name.

In an interview with Metro, she hinted that followers could have already seen the final of Meera. When requested whether or not she is going to seem within the new season, she stated:

Not as far as I know. I don’t know. It’s funny because I always get asked, “What’s going to happen? Are you in it?” Genuinely the truth is I don’t know. I wait for the phone to ring and then I find out, but it hasn’t rung so I don’t know. I’ll find out whether I am or not at some point, but for now I haven’t been notified so I’m yet to discover.

“Game of Thrones” season eight is at present deep into manufacturing, which implies that if it was the plan for Meera to return, Kendrick ought to have already identified.

If the character is certainly not returning within the new season, there can be no feeling of incompleteness as a result of her ultimate look within the earlier season serves as a becoming send-off to Meera anyway. Talking about that ultimate scene with younger Bran, she defined:

It was a sad day to say farewell to young Isaac [Hempstead Wright] — not so young now and also very tall, which means he was so difficult to put on the sled, which I actually did, although he’s a lot taller than me. So while I was sad to say farewell, I was also slightly relieved for my spine because I no longer have to be dragging him across any wintered land.

Whereas “Game of Thrones” season eight is shedding a personality, it’s gaining one within the individual of Harry Strickland, a personality from the “”A Song of Ice and Fire” books identified to be the chief of the mercenary group often called Golden Firm. German actor Marc Rissman was tapped to play the function.

Filming will reportedly start in October 2017.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) appeared to hint that Season 8 starts filming this fall in a new interview. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next season, he told Collider. “We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out.”

In a recent interview, Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) revealed that filming is slated to start on October 16 or 19. The cast is expected to gather to read scripts and start rehearsing on October 8. “We’re filming right up until the summer,” he told TV Guide, leading fans to believe that Season 8 really won’t air until 2019.

Cersei might make an appearance.

In an interview, Lena Headey hinted that her character, Cersei Lannister, makes it to the end of Season 7. “I [assumed] oh, I’m going to die,” she told Time, recalling the time she read the script. “And then, I went straight to the end. I was really in shock. I think obviously, now, there’s got to be some body count at the end of [season] 8.” The quote led some fans to believe this means means the Lannister monarch makes it into GoT‘s eighth and final season.