Sunday 25 February 2018

Game of Thrones: Why fans might have to wait a long time for season eight to air

Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones

Sasha Brady

*WARNING*: Spoilers for Game of Thrones season seven ahead

Winter is here, the wights have made it across the wall and Jon Snow's parentage has finally been confirmed.

Game of Thrones fans are desperate to find out what happens next but according to HBO's head of programming, Casey Bloys, the wait may take as long as 18 months.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) told Collider that he returns to work to start filming in October 2017.

The last two seasons took between nine and 11 months from beginning of production to air date so eager fans are praying to the old gods and the Seven for a summer 2018 release date.

However, the episodes are rumoured to be longer than usual (sound designer Paula Fairfield hinted that each episode could be feature-length at this year's Con of Thrones) and with the potential scope of CGI effects and post-production work, a 2019 release date may be more realistic. HBO bosses aren't making any promises either way.

The good news is that the scripts have already been written as Bloys confirmed in July. There are a lot of 'leaks' floating around online but HBO sources have confirmed that they're all fake.

The bad news is that season eight will be shorter than previous seasons, even shorter than the penultimate season.

In April 2016, showrunners DB Weiss and David Beniofff said: "I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap. That's the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at."

With seven episodes down in the last season, that means we only have six episodes to expect in season eight.

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