Los Angeles: HBO’s hit Emmy-winning drama ‘Game of Thrones’ will debut its eighth and final season starting in April, the network announced in a trailer released online on Tuesday. The video featured footage from previous seasons to recap the costly battles that preceded the coming showdown for control of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. The network did not reveal a specific date for the final season’s premiere. In India, Game of Thrones Season 8 will be streamed online by Hotstar.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had earlier said filming of Season 8 of the popular fantasy show is akin to featuring in a ‘Mission: Impossible’ film as the scripts of the series tend to “self-destruct" after the actors are through with the scenes. The 47-year-old actor, best known for playing Jamie Lannister in GoT, said being the last instalment, the makers are “strict" this time and the artistes receive their lines in a digital format.

Also, Jon Snow’s loyal direwolf Ghost is all set to make a comeback in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’. Joe Bauer, who is attached with the HBO show as visual effects supervisor, said the fan favourite character will be seen in the upcoming eighth instalment. “Oh, you’ll see him again. He has a fair amount of screen time in Season 8. He’s very present and does some pretty cool things in season eight," Bauer told The Huffington Post.

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‘Game of Thrones’, which has won multiple Emmy awards, is HBO’s biggest hit ever with some 30 million viewers in the United States and an army of devoted fans worldwide.

Several spinoffs of the series are in the works. HBO, owned by AT&T Inc, said in June that it had given a pilot order to a prequel that will take place thousands of years before the events of the current series.