[Warning: Possible Game of Thrones spoilers may (or may not) be found below.]
The wrap party for the final season of Game of Thrones was held last week, but production on the season reportedly didn’t officially end until yesterday. After all the dust has settled on King’s Landing, we of course don’t know exactly who will remain standing.
We do know that the final season will see more death than any other season of Game of Thrones. Moreover, while we can’t assume anything based on when certain actors finishing shooting their parts, we know that Emilia Clarke (who plays Khaleesi) finished shooting about three weeks ago. Kit Harrington, who did not necessarily stop filming right after Emilia Clarke, did offer up his goodbye the day after Clarke, promising to cut off his hair when he’s finally done.
So, who was remaining on the last day of filming? We don’t know everyone who was on set, but we do know from Maisie Williams Instagram that she was there on the last day of filming and possibly the last female character standing.
The #lastwomanstanding and #barely hashtags along with the blood-splattered shoes suggest that Arya was engaged in some form of violence until the very end. What we don’t know is if Arya was the last female character left on the series, or if Maisie Williams was the last woman still shooting when production wrapped. We also don’t know if Game of Thrones shot the season chronologically, which means that Game of Thrones may have been shooting scenes from episode 4 or any other episode on the last day on set.
Given the extreme measures that producers have made to avoid spoilers, it would be both ironic and a stretch to believe that one Instagram post from Maisie Williams might have given away a major plot detail, so all that we can really assume is that, according to Sophie Turner, the ending will be both unpredictable and satisfying.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will air on HBO sometime in 2019.