Spoilers ahead. The Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones” was pretty fucking fantastic (You can read the recap and reactions of “The Dragon and the Wolf” HERE). That seven-episode season went faster than a carafe of Dornish Red in Tyrion’s chambers. The season finale left on a cliffhanger, quite literally, Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane could be hanging off the newly created cliff after Viserion obliterated the Wall at the direction of the Night King. So when is the release date of Season 8 of “Game of Thrones,” which is the final season of the epic fantasy series? Turns out, a pretty fucking long time.
HBO has yet to announce an official “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere date yet. So we must speculate on the hints that we have been given recently and you’re not going to like the answer. You may have to wait until 2019 for the last season of “Game of Thrones.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau AKA Jaime Lannister told Collider that Season 8 won’t start production until October (A hint that he would not die in Episode 7). Preproduction for “Game of Thrones” has reportedly started in Northern Ireland as of August 20.
Casey Bloys, HBO’s head of programming, said that fans should prepare to go 18 months without their “GoT” fix in an interview with Entertainment Weekly from June. The EW interviewer asked Bloys, “So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on their needs?” Bloys responded by saying, “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.” Bloys wanted to give showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss the time to make sure that the final season is spectacular and cinematic.
Winter is coming, so that means extensive filming in Iceland and in locations that look like the long, dark night and icy weather has arrived. Also, the TV show will need plenty of time to make locations that are not snow-covered like King’s Landing in Croatia look snowy. Plus, they are expected to keep the Hollywood movie-quality of the past few seasons, and that means expensive and time-consuming CGI. Aerial combat scenes of fire-breathing dragons battling ice-breathing dragons takes a while to create.
So in the best case scenario, we are looking at Season 8 coming next summer, a year away. In a worst-case-scenario, we may have to wait until Spring of 2019. Waiting that long will be excruciating like Ellaria Sand rotting away in a dungeon as her daughter Tyene dies from a poisoned kiss. By the time the final season returns children are born and live and die, all in darkness.
As if this news wasn’t as depressing as your favorite “GoT” getting murdered, Season 8 will only have SIX episodes. They had all better be 2-hour-long episodes. The only promising news is that HBO is working on four “Game of Thrones” spinoffs. Bloys said a spinoff won’t premiere for “at least a year” after the final season. Your watch has ended for the foreseeable future, might as well make the best of it.