The seventh season of Game of Thrones may have just begun, but that’s not stopping people from talking about the eighth and final season. HBO announced yesterday that the scripts are all in, but there is no timetable set yet for when the show will start filming, or even air.
During the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour HBO programming head Casey Bloys told the press that the six scripts for the final season are in, but they are trying to figure out the logistics of filming them. He said “It’s a big season, so they’re trying to get a sense of how long they’re going to take to film this.” As fans are aware, the latest season was delayed because the story line of the series has hit winter, and HBO had to wait for the snow to fall before they could start filming. The same is more than likely true for the eighth season, which could see the final season not airing until 2019.
Game of Thrones typically starts airing in April, but this year it didn’t start until July thanks to the late production of the season. Even though the seventh season is much shorter in total number of episodes, the episodes themselves are longer, including the finale which has a runtime of 82 minutes. For the final season it’s rumoured that the episodes will continue the trend of being longer, with the overall series finale possible having a feature film length runtime. At the moment though there is no confirmed length for each episode, and even Bloys stated that “Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.