If that Game Of Thrones Season 7 Finale left you hanging, wait til you find out how long you’ll be hanging. Unconfirmed reports by the Hollywood Reporter suggests that it may not return until 2019/
The reason is an extended production shoot, which is reportedly scheduled to begin this October and last through August 2018 — or later.
If true, it means you shouldn’t expect season eight until more than a year from now, in 2019.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the final season and what fans can expect.
EW: So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 dependong on [show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] needs?
Bloys: Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing. ”
While waiting until 2019 for the saga in Westeros to finish up might be disappointing, fans can take solace in the fact that the 6 episodes in the final season could be more like 6 feature length movies.
EW: Creatively, it’s my understanding that the final season is going to be extremely cinematic – so much so that there was an urge behind the scenes for years to end the show with a movie. But it sounds like instead of doing that you’re effectively making six one-hour “moves” for HBO.
Bloys: One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show. We’ve done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done – and we’re the first people to pay for it.
There may only be a single six episodes left but you know it will be worth the wait.