HBO boss Richard Plepler has revealed that each episode of the final series of Game Of Thrones will be like ‘watching a movie’.
Speaking to Variety, the CEO said: ‘It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, “I’m watching a movie.”
Although he remained coy on the details, Plepler enthused that the six episodes, which will debut in April 2019, are an ‘extraordinary treat of storytelling’.
He added: ‘[Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] 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.’
Director David Nutter previously confirmed each show would be feature-length – running longer than 60 minutes – during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session.
Fans were also given a first look at footage from the final season earlier this week, as HBO debuted a new trailer featuring a number of their shows returning in 2019.
The brief clip showed Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) setting foot on Winterfell soil for the first time, approaching with Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen).
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) then tells Daenerys, ‘Winterfell is yours, your grace,’ with Daenerys smiling beside Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is also seen behind Sansa as she hands over the Northern stronghold to Daenerys.
There is a brief shot of one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons in the footage, although she managed to lose one of her beloved dragons in Season 7.
HBO has confirmed that the six-episode final season, which is the franchise’s shortest, will debut in April 2019, although a specific premiere date has not been given yet.
The premium cable network will also give fans an extra treat, a new reunion special that will be included on an upcoming Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD set.
It will bring back actors who played long-deceased characters on the show, such as Sean Bean.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye