Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have given an update on the eighth and final season, offering some hope that fans may not have to wait until 2019 to see the epic conclusion of the hit HBO fantasy series.
With the seventh season set to premiere in just over two weeks, attention has already turned to when fans can expect the final season to arrive on the premium-cable channel. Plot details on the new season are still under wraps but it is expected that the series will focus on the battle for the seven kingdoms this year while the final season features that battle against the dead for the known world.
At the beginning of June, the creators revealed that it was possible the final season may not air until 2019 but that they would have a better idea as to whether or not that would be the case once the writing of season eight was a bit further along. As it turns out, much of the writing for season eight has already been done. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the producers revealed there is still more writing to be done but not nearly as much as it may have seen:
Benioff: It’s nearly completed. Well, I shouldn’t say “nearly.”
Weiss: I wouldn’t go that far. It’s exciting but there’s always pressure. You don’t ever want to drop the ball.
As for when we can expect the premiere, Benioff and Weiss revealed that they have no idea and it’s likely going to be a while before a date is decided on:
Benioff: We honestly don’t know yet. There’s been a lot of back and forth about air dates. That’s a long way off from being settled.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Rory McCann, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Kristofer Hivju, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jerome Flynn, Iain Glen, and Hannah Murray.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres July 16, 2017. You can watch the trailer here.
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Pictured: Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark — Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO