It’s been 443 days since the most recent episode of Game of Thrones aired on HBO and 442 days since fans started to speculate about what’s going to happen in its eighth and final season.
Since then, countless theories have emerged online and the show’s actors have teased their fate, with Peter Dinklage suggesting Tyrion might be in for a bad time and Sophie Turner saying there will be more bloodshed this year than any before it (an HBO executive also said basically everyone you know and love is going to die).
At least they kind of gave us a trailer to totally overanalyze.
However, there is one pressing question that fans want answered more than any others: when the hell are we going to get to watch the last season of Game of Thrones?
There was a year-long break between each of the first five seasons of the show and a slightly longer one between the sixth and the seventh, but based on those patterns, it was safe to assume the final one would air at some point in 2018.
Welp, it turns out those people were wrong.
In January, we learned that the new season of Game of Thrones would not be gracing our screens this year. Later that month, Maisie Williams said we would have to wait until next April before we’d be able to get our Thrones fix before almost immediately saying she didn’t say that.
A few months ago, the show’s VFX supervisor said they had so much on their plate that we’d have to wait until the summer to see how things play out. Thankfully, it turns out he was wrong as well.
On Tuesday, HBO released a hype video for the final season and affirmed Williams was spot on with her prediction. We don’t have an exact date yet but it looks like you’re going to want to cancel any plans you might have on Sunday nights this April.
Let the countdown begin.