GAME OF THRONES Final Season Probably Won't Air Until 2019!
It's time to work on your patience skills because Game of Thrones fans will have no choice but to be patient while waiting for the eighth and final season of the epic fantasy series to air.
The seventh season just ended on a pretty massive cliffhanger and now it looks like we are going to have to wait until 2019 to see the story continue! We could be waiting over 16 months before we get any more Game of Thrones episodes! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself! THR reports:
Production on the fantasy drama's eighth season is slated to begin in October and run as late as August 2018, sources say. That could push the return of the abbreviated six-episode final run into 2019 with a more than 16-month gap between seasons.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys had this to say in a statement:
"Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take. The shooting is complicated enough — on different continents, with all the technical aspects — and the special effects are a whole other production period that we're trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this."
I'll be honest, it's going to be hard to wait that long. But! If it means we are going to get the best final season possible, then it will be worth the wait. At least we know that the ending is coming... unless the world itself comes to an end in the next 16 months. Then we're all shit out of luck.
There will be only six episodes in the final season and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have the story locked and loaded for the final episodes. All they need to do now is make them.
This isn't the first time that HBO has given the creative teams of their series extended time between seasons to develop their shows. Remember when we were waiting two years between seasons for The Sopranos!? At least we don't have to wait that long!