Bad news for Game of Throne fans. The end of the show might come later, rather than sooner. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed that Game of Thrones Season 8, which is only six episodes, may not air until 2019.
The reason? Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — who've been worked on the show for 12 years — are being given as much time as they need to complete Season 8.
“Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule,” Bloys said. “We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”
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Bloys also clarified that HBO is not necessarily planning to make all four prequels that are in development.
"I want to put the prequels in context," Bloys said. "It should go without saying I love having a show with this much intense interest around it ... In the press at large, everybody said, 'there are four spinoffs' 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. 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."
As of now Benioff and Weiss will not be part of the prequels. The creative team has also declined to have their names associated with the new projects. Any spin-off that HBO does move forward with won't happen until the Game of Thrones Season 8 has ended.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones will air July 16, 2016 and will consist of only seven episodes.