Game of Thrones fans may need to wait an additional year to see how HBO’s series comes to an end.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys said that the the eighth series of the fantasy drama might not appear until 2019, suggesting that the lengthy writing process for showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss could hold up production.
“By the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years,” Bloys said, “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.”
Season seven, which has only seven episodes unlike previous seasons that all consisted of 10 episodes, was already delayed in terms of production, resulting to its July premiere.
“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,” Bloys explained.
Meanwhile, while HBO has confirmed that four Game of Thrones spin-offs are currently in development, Bloys has warned there’s no guarantee they’ll actually make it to our screens.
“This is a really embryonic process. I haven’t even seen outlines. In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spin-offs’ and they assume that means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on,” he clarified.
“The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Also, this is a long-term plan. Our No. 1 goal is the seventh season this summer and getting the eighth season written and aired … If any of these scripts come to pass, you’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season eight finale.”
The network are keeping details of the spin-off projects well under wraps but have revealed they will “explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”
At the end of last season, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons and her immense army were finally on the way to Westeros, where Cersei (Lena Headey) has now become Queen after the death of her children. The Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik in season 6) army is heading south, and a battle appears to be imminent. Get anticipated since Season 7, which includes one of the longest episodes in the series’ history, will premiere on July 16.