Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham reveals the final season is shooting very soon

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Oct 6, 2017, 5:06 PM EDT

We've known for sometime now that the next season of Game of Thrones will be its last. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided some time ago that this would be the case, and so Season 8 is the curtain call. What's less clear is when we'll actually see it. It's a big endeavor, and one that network HBO knows we'll gladly wait a little while for. 

Now, a star of the series has provided an update.

At a New York Comic Con panel for the upcoming series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, Liam Cunningham — who plays Ser Davos Seaworth on the series — told fans that shooting could begin within days.

“We’re doing the first table read on Sunday for the first three episodes, second table reading on Monday, then we start rehearsals, then we start shooting,” Cunningham said, according to Deadline.

Unfortunately, this information doesn't help tell us when the show will actually air. The final episodes of Game of Thrones will be epic affairs, and at least a couple of them will likely exceed HBO's hourlong format and be movie-length efforts. That means a lot of work, including a lot of postproduction. It's possible we'll be watching the show by next summer, but it's also possible we'll have to wait a bit longer.