Winter has come, and “Game of Thrones” has never looked this expensive

The end of the road.
The end of the road.
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The world of Game of Thrones has never looked so good—or so expensive.

HBO finally dropped a full-length trailer for the final season on Tuesday (March 5), and confirmed what we’ve known for a long time—no expense has been spared for the show’s swan song.

With each of the final six episodes rumored to have cost the network $15 million, the preview features stunning cinematography, jaw-dropping special effects (dragons everywhere!), and some of the fanciest costumes you’ll see on the small screen.

This season’s costumes—from Daenerys Targaryen’s white fur coat to Cersei Lannister’s iron shoulder armor—are a far cry from the IKEA rugs that have previously doubled up as Night’s Watch capes. The cast looks so good, you wouldn’t think there was a war on.

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HBO chief Richard Plepler has already likened the final episodes to six movies.

“The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie,’” he told Variety. “They 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.”

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The final season also features what is expected to be “the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film.” It required 11 weeks of night shoots, which apparently pushed the show’s stars to the brink of exhaustion and insanity.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14.