T-minus four-ish months until GAME OF THRONES season eight and news has been slowing down as we approach the new year. Whoever it is that leaks the details we crave seems to be enjoying their holiday because there isn’t a whole lot to catch up on since the last time we spoke. But there is plenty of fun to be had, from dragons to T-Pain, with this edition of GoT news, so let’s jump in.

Season Eight News

We received a deluge of season eight news courtesy of Entertainment Weekly‘s GAME OF THRONES podcast hosted by James Hibberd. Hibberd visited the GoT set and shared some of the secrets and impressions he brought back. For one, season eight will bring perhaps the longest battle ever seen on television or cinema. He claims it will be longer than 40 minutes — a stunning feat when most GoT episodes run around 60.

Along with the extra long battles, the famously long hiatus before season eight is also a result of the team’s perfectionism about the final season. Even scenes just of two characters talking are taking long to shoot, according to Hibberd, and the intimacy between characters won’t be lost among the fray. Sets are becoming more detailed, too. Full 360-degree versions of old sets cropping up to give everyone the most freedom to create the best final product. (They will also become tourist attractions in the future.)

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I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s a Wight Dragons vs. Regular Dragons battle. Courtesy of HBO.

On-Set Lockdown

In an interview with BBC Radio, Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) detailed the extra security around season eight. According to Glen, there was no paper in sight: “Everything was accessed through iPads with different security you had to get through to access it, which caused a problem for the actors, I have to say. But we found a way, either on phones or with pads…for it to be available on set.”

The producers’ paranoia is maybe starting to influence followers of the show’s winding production, as well. El Universal reported that GAME OF THRONES is filming an alternate ending for the show in Mexico City. The report is based on a now-deleted tweet from the GAME OF THRONES Twitter account that said, “Mexico City, here we go!!! Winter is coming to you.” The speculation isn’t purely digital, though. HBO trucks have appeared near Castillo de Chapultepec and crew have blocked off certain areas. We don’t know any specifics, confirmations, or what the alternate ending would entail given that this is a new filming location for GoT.

Everybody Loves GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES apparently has a fan in rapper Saweetie, who released the video for her song “Pissed” last week. Saweetie becomes the Mother of Dragons in the video, declaring herself “Not a Queen, a Khaleesi.” She told Billboard that the show resonates with what her life in the music industry. “Out teams are constantly fighting to be No. 1,” she said. ” I dressed up as Khaleesi to symbolize what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to take over.”

The Visual Effects Society announced that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will receive the Award for Creative Excellence. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are groundbreaking storytellers who have redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story,” VES Board Chair Mike Chambers told Deadline. “You can easily see this from the epic following of Game of Thrones, a pop culture phenomenon, which is a testament to their expert blending of visual effects, evocative characters, and a remarkable imagination.” GAME OF THRONES has cleaned up at the VES Awards in the past, taking home more than two dozen awards since 2011 for its dragons- and wildfire-based CGI.

We also got another GAME OF THRONES teaser, if you can call it that. It’s just a video of celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel and T-Pain expressing their love for the show, kicking off a major #ForTheThrone ad campaign that you’ve probably seen on your Twitter timeline. And apparently, these celebrities actually did it for free.

We Need to Talk About Dragons

Alright, so the Internet blew up with technical talk of dragons this week and it’s a lot. A Reddit user who I guess is very familiar with dragons noted that Daenerys’s dragons aren’t actually dragons. There is a fine line between a dragon and a wyvern, as it turns out. Dragons have four legs and wyverns have only two. Drogon, Rhaegar, and Viseryon only have two legs ipso facto, not dragons. Some fans argued that wyverns fall under the umbrella of dragon, so calling them dragons is still correct. Others claimed that perhaps the definitions are different in the GoT-verse. But most agree that “Mother of Wyverns” just doesn’t sound as cool.

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