The seventh season of Game of Thrones broke ratings records and sent fans into a frenzy, but it could be a while until we see how the story ends. Like, all the way to 2019, if the production schedule stays on track.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on Season 8 will start in October and run all the way through August 2018 — meaning by the time special effects are done — it could be 2019 until the episodes actually make it to air (assuming they don’t leak out before then). The show is admittedly a huge production, but Season 8 is only expected to run six episodes, so a year of production admittedly might seem like a long time. It makes more sense when you consider these final six episodes could run on the long side (the Season 7 finale ran 80+ minutes).
HBO had no comment on the timing, but if you do the math, the report makes a certain type of sense. For what it’s worth, HBO programming president Casey Bloys did say the production team is “trying to figure out a timeline” for the shoot and effects work, noting the globe-trotting production values obviously take some time to work out.
No matter how long it takes, you know fans will wait. The final season of Thrones promises to be a ratings-shattering cultural event. It’s just a shame we’ll probably have to wait more than a year to see it.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)