Game of Thrones final season sets production start date as prequel details surface

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Mar 25, 2021, 10:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Much like Tyrion on last night's thrilling episode of Game of Thrones, we have questions about the future. While we're not looking at immediate lines of succession, we are looking to any and all information about the final season, Season 8. While Seasons 1-6 all kicked off production in the summer and rolled into winter, now that Winter Has Come to Westeros, it makes sense that the start date of production would be pushed back.

Indeed, for Season 7 the show didn't start shooting until September, and production stretched into late winter/early spring before the summer premiere. Expect your start date to land in summer again next year, because Season 8 won't start shooting until October. The final six episodes of the series will start production this fall, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jaime Lannister, told Collider. He also revealed that he has no idea what's going to happen in Season 8, because they don't get the scripts until just before shooting.

"You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season. But I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious," Coster-Waldau said. Yeah, so are we!

Of course, while this marks the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones, it's not the end of the franchise, as multiple prequels are in development. One, from writer Jane Goldman, will be "recognizable as a past event" to fans of the books and/or TV series, she teased to IGN. Goldman was very cautious about how to broach it and didn't say much else.

Goldman has been working with George R.R. Martin directly on developing the series, which she calls "an honor and a pleasure." While she again dodged any specific questions, she did say that the concepts of magic and supernatural creatures are ones she personally loves.

So Game of Thrones is ending, but it does sound like we have a path of succession for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and the future is light and full of magic (and probably death. Lots of death).