Game of Thrones fans are used to having to wait around a bit for their next dose of dragonry – the forthcoming seventh series was pushed back several months – but it looks like they’ll have to hang in there even longer for series 8, which might not drop until as late as 2019.
Huge efforts are being poured into production to make the final season as “cinematic” as possible, which might mean a delay on it being aired.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly if there is the possibility it would air as late as 2019, HBO president Casey Bloys said: “Yeah. [David Benioff and D. B. Weiss] 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.”
He added: “One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic it is. 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 seven, and what I imagine season eight 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.”
In the meantime, it’s just weeks until season seven and those epic battles hit our screens.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres exclusively on 17th July on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV at 2am, repeated at 9pm on the same day