As if the fact that it’s Monday didn’t suck enough, reports have surfaced that the final season of Game of Thrones will be not premiere until later on in 2019. The show will definitely be coming to an end next year and had been rumored to be coming out in April, but as it turns out, that will not be the case.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, the visual effects supervisor for Game of Thrones, Joe Bauer, said “We’re going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019, so it’s eight or nine months away…But the prequel is starting to shoot in February, at least the pilot. So we’ll still have quite a lot to do on Season 8 when they’re beginning.” He also went on to say “So much of it comes down to timing and all that stuff. The situation changes every week. I know I’m not doing anything else but ‘Thrones’ until May of next year.”
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the final season of the show ever since the incredible finale aired last year. It’s certainly going to be hard to top an ice dragon destroying a giant portion of the Wall and then a zombie army finally making its long-planned invasion of Westeros.
However, as we have learned from watching Thrones, it’s that we will be left guessing until the very end. Huffington Post continued to speak with Bauer on not just technical details and premiere date, but how the show will actually end. He said:
“I think the whole series has aimed toward this. I obviously can’t say what it is. I think there will be divisions because people have grown to identify and like and hate various characters, so everybody has their version of how they want it to end based on those things, but looking at it objectively, I think the way it ends is the way it must end, so I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Season 8 of Game of Thrones will air in the first half of 2019 and will have six episodes. Don’t worry, each episode will be around an hour and a half each, so we’re certainly not getting short changed.
If you’re still hungry for more Thrones, HBO released a teaser for its programming for next year which features a tiny snippet from Season 8.