Game of Thrones will wrap things up in season 8 and it will have only six episodes. It was first confirmed way back July 2016, that it was the show runners’ long-stated intention. But now perhaps the most fearful news yet… Game of Thrones Season 8 could potentially not air until 2019.
The final season of Game of Thrones might consist of only feature-length episodes. For context, the only Game of Thrones episode to run that long was the season 7 finale, which barely made the cut at 80 minutes flat. So there is good and bad tidings to anticipate as our watch continues, but here is everything you need to know as it comes:
While chatting with HBO about the final seasons, Entertainment Weekly learned in June 2017 from Casey Bloys that Game of Thrones Season 8 might not air until 2019. “Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule,” Bloys said. “We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”
This likely means that HBO is already expecting a 2019 release date and is preparing fans now for the inevitable. This is probably also due in-part to the sheer scale of the final six episodes, which may all be feature-length.
The post-production period is expected to last longer than usual, and with shooting again delayed for the aid of real-life wintry weather–and possibly going into March 2018–it seems likely that Game of Thrones Season 8 will miss a July 2018 start date, much as it missed its traditional April release in 2017. While the series could potentially premiere in fall 2018, no one really knows what HBO is expecting from its 2018 schedule that also has Westworld returning.
While Game of Thrones season 7 proved to be the biggest year yet for HBO’s flagship, at least in terms of ratings, it’s fair to say that it was also one of the more frustrating entries. Plot outlines for the entire season leaked almost a full year early.Thus it’s not too surprising that HBO and the show runners are taking extra measures to keep the final season of Game of Thrones as spoiler-free as possible. This includes shooting multiple endings to the epic saga.
While speaking to Moravian College, Bloys said, “I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so nobody really knows what happens. You have to do that on a long show, because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no definitive answer until the end.”