It’s going to take HBO longer to air the final series of Game of Thrones than it’ll take the White Walkers to finally get to the Wall, apparently.
As fans are teased with the shorter, seven-episode seventh season of GOT, rumours from HBO are spreading like Wildfire that we won’t reach the conclusion of the epic fantasy show until 2019 – despite the fact that Winter has been coming since season two.
To whet your appetite for the drawn-out destruction, you can watch the trailer for season seven here:
Meanwhile, that Iron Throne isn't going anywhere fast, so the writers have plenty of time to figure out how they're going to make season eight monumental in just six episodes.
The President of the US network, Casey Bloys, told Entertainment Weekly:
Yeah. [Showrunners 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. The makers of the show are making every effort to ensure it goes out in a blaze of glory, so no time or expense will be spared.
Bloys continued to promise a 'monumental' finale:
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 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.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are left impatient to see the epic conclusion, wishing we had Bran's foresight. In good news, though, HBO have announced at least one spin-off will be greenlit after production closes on Game of Thrones, potentially making way for a deeper journey of discovery into George R. R. Martin's seemingly boundless imagination.
HBO are keeping details of the spin-off projects schtum but have said they will "explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe." I wonder whether the other thrones in this vast multi-verse of dictatorships will be more comfortable.
Game of Thrones, season seven, will premier on July 16 on HBO.
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