When will HBO air the final Game of Thrones season? That’s been the question on just about everyone’s mind since the seventh season came to an end this past summer.
Unfortunately, we have bad news for #GOT fans. Production giant HBO has hinted that Game of Thrones may not return until 2019 to allow for additional writing and production time.
Speaking to Variety, actress Sophie Turner — who plays Sansa Stark in the hit show — said there are still more than six months of production left on Season 8.
“We started in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through. [Laughs] No, no, we’ve got six or seven months left.”
Back in June, HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, revealed that the premiere date decision would come down to how much time the writing team needed.
“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.”
Game of Thrones’ eighth season will contain the fewest episodes (just six in total), in which each episode is expected to run approximately an hour and a half in length, making it just as long as previous seasons.
Four directors will return to helm the final episodes: Miguel Sapochnik, David Nutter, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will direct the finale.
Looks like winter is postponed, guys..