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  • by Jeff Beck

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series and Season Eight Come to Blu-ray 12/3

Earlier today, HBO announced the home release of "Game of Thrones: The Complete Series," as well as the individual release of "Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season," both of which will be available starting December 3rd.

Season Eight certainly had a bumpy ride with fans and critics alike, with many calling it "rushed," and others believing that it just didn't make much sense. However, the shortened season of just six episodes was actually rather stunning, bringing the epic show to an incredible conclusion and sending the show out on a marvelous high note. This season also contained what is arguably the best episode of the entire series, "The Long Night," which features the show's biggest and most epic battle.

As far as special features go for the eighth season, it looks like we'll be getting very similar material as in years past, while the complete set tosses in one extra of its own:

Game of Thrones®: The Complete Collection and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on Blu-rayTM Bonus Features Include:

  • Game of Thrones: Reunion Special: A reunion show shot live in Belfast with the cast, both past and present, hosted by Conan O’Brien and available exclusively on these complete series collections. The reunion special is assembled in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and concludes with the key players all onstage for their final reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.

  • Bonus content and retail exclusive videos from previously released individual season box sets, totaling more than 15 hours of extra materials for fans to explore when they’ve finished watching the series.

Complete Series and Season 8 formats also exclusively feature:

  • Game of Thrones: The Last Watch: A documentary featured on DVD in two parts by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay chronicling the making of the final season.

  • When Winter Falls: Exclusive 30-minute featurette with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with major stars and behind-the-scenes players, breaking down all that went into the colossal filming of the “Battle of Winterfell” in Season 8, Episode 3.

  • Duty is the Death of Love: A compelling look at how the team behind Game of Thrones and its major stars, including Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, brought the show to its conclusion in the series finale, “The Iron Throne.”

  • Audio Commentaries: 10 Audio Commentaries with cast and crew, including the show’s creators, Benioff and Weiss, on the final season.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes: 5 never-before-seen deleted or extended scenes from season 8.

  • Histories and Lore: New animated pieces giving the history and background of notable season 8 locations and storylines.

Along with the usual commentaries, extra scenes, and featurettes, it's great to see that we'll also be getting the outstanding documentary "Game of Thrones: The Last Watch," which delved into the making of the final season, with a particular focus on the folks who helped bring the show to life behind the scenes.

Whether you're looking to complete your collection with the final season, or have been waiting for the inevitable box set, both will be arriving just a few weeks before Christmas, meaning it will no doubt be a VERY popular gift this year, so be sure to take note of the December 3rd release date to plan accordingly.

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