We’ve got some bad news, Game of Thrones fans. Our worst fears for the eighth and final season of the series seem to be coming true!
Last month, speculation arose regarding when the projected premiere date would be for the final season of the series. That speculation indicated that the epic conclusion to the HBO hit series may be quite a long ways off – like ‘not airing until 2019’ type of long ways off.
It was recently confirmed that the series has started filming the final season this month, as planned, however, Yahoo News is reporting that the production schedule is proving to be a rather lengthy one. Adding further proof to the delayed season speculation, a recent interview from TV Guide with Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos Seaworth on the series) seems to confirm the delay.
In his interview with TV Guide, Cunningham confirmed that the shooting schedule typically lasts for six months however, it is anticipated to go beyond that timeframe. Cunningham said:
“[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”
The extended episode length shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans. It was reported back in July that, even though season 8 would have the least amount of episodes of any of the previous season, those episodes could reach up to feature film length.
In addition to the extended episodes, fans have also speculated that the recent engagement of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie may also delay the final season if the who opted to wed during the course of filming.
Regardless of the reasoning, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have assured fans that they have no interest in rushing the final season. Benioff previously commented saying:
“For a long time we’ve been talking about the wars to come. Well, that war is pretty much here. So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it — you still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters. Even the ones who might have started out as relatively minor characters have become significant in their own right.”
So, for now, we’ll just have to wait and see how the final season of Game of Thrones develops. What do you think about a possibly delayed season 8? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!