Well I hope you like Westworld, because you’re not going to getting any Game of Thrones all of next year.
Despite being on a pretty consistent yearly release schedule, Game of Thrones is going to be taking some extra time to air season 8. HBO has been hinting that we might not see the final season until 2019, but now Sansa actress Sophia Turner has confirmed that fact. Here she is speaking to Variety:
“Game of Thrones comes out in 2019,” Turner said. “Dark Phoenix” is in November. Then I have a couple indie movies coming out. I’m a producer on my next movie [Girl Who Fell From the Sky]. So I’m really excited about the future.”
That seems more like an “oops I didn’t know that wasn’t publicly official” rather than a proclamation by HBO, as she’s just line-listing what’s on her calendar. But it stands to reason that she’s right and Thrones really is taking a long time to air its final season. We saw season 7 pushed pretty far back this year, and other HBO hits like Westworld also have taken full years off in the past.
You may be asking “it’s only six episodes, why would it take so long?” but I think the answer is pretty obvious. Despite being six episodes, rumor has it that each episode will probably be close to an hour and a half long, so essentially six mini-movies for a season, which will add up to being almost as long, time-wise, as a ten episode season would have been.
It is also probably taking a long time to film for a few other reasons. First, they have to write the ending, which is difficult as George RR Martin has not written his own ending yet, and they’re really not going to want to screw this up, even if the books’ ending ends up being different (I have a hunch it will). But also in terms of filming, given the coming war between the armies of men and the White Walkers (with Cersei determined to backstab everyone), it’s going to be a lot of epic battles, possibly even larger than we saw last season where there was an enormous fight every other episode.
At this point, the final season of Game of Thrones is probably pretty close to filming an entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on its scope and scale. Six, beefy episodes could put it close to ten hours, so yes, I definitely do understand how this final season might need to take 2018 before airing in 2019. And if it makes it better, I’m all for it.
Still, it’s a long time to wait. It’s not like Game of Thrones will fade from people’s minds, but if this ends up being a full two years off, that’s a long while to ask fans to sit tight. And amidst all this, remember that HBO is also prepping a number of potential Game of Thrones spin-offs for when the show ends, so it seems likely that we’ll remain in Westeros for years to come, with HBO not wanting to let this money train leave the station for good. But without Game of Thrones’ showrunners or Martin’s books, I do worry about the potential for missteps. I am less worried than I am about what Amazon is going to do with its Lord of the Rings, series, however.
So, 2019 it is. My guess would be spring, but it could end up being late summer. Plenty of time to re-read all the books and re-watch all the episodes, I suppose.
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