HBO’s award-winning Game of Thrones may not hit the premium service until early 2019. The anticipation for season 7 has been a long one for fans, especially due to television series drifting away from its source material. The seventh season will premiere next month, in July.
The seventh and eighth season of the show will feature a truncated number of episodes, with 7 and 6 episodes, respectively. With 13 episodes left, fans have been clamoring for further details regarding the show’s plot, but HBO has remained silent. With the wait for the final two seasons longer than expected, HBO programming president Casey Bloys offered an update when he sat down with Entertainment Weekly. In the interview, Bloys alluded to the possibility that audiences might not see the final season until 2019 when he was asked whether or not the final season could air in 2018 or 2019 depending on the needs of series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss:
“Yeah. They 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.”
What are your thoughts on the eighth season of Game of Thrones releasing in 2019? Comment below and let us know!
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16, 2017. The series 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.
You can watch the trailer for season 7 here.
5 ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Ideas
Game of Thrones fans have a long wait until we finally see Daenerys Targaryen finish her journey across the narrow sea and step foot on Westeros. Her army of Unsullied will soon come into contact with the new King of the North, Jon Snow and the wicked Queen Cersei Lannister. Season 7, debuting this summer, might be one of the most action packed yet, but that doesn’t mean the upcoming war will be as intense as other confrontations George R.R. Martin has littered the Westrosi past with.
HBO needs another big moneymaker after Game of Thrones finally ends, and I don’t think they need to look too hard for an appropriate replacement. Casey Bloys, the President of Programming at HBO, has mentioned the possibility of a GOT spin-off, but I think a prequel series might work better.
Before all you die-hard Star Wars fans get mad at me for even thinking such a thing, remember, not all prequels are bad! The Notorious GRRM has already established a complex past that goes back centuries, giving HBO a lot of exciting material to choose from. I don’t think any of these series should last more than three or four seasons each – to ensure the stories don’t drag on- but hey, HBO can still make money from a limited series so it’s a possibility.
Buckle up and hit the Next button to find out what stories about Westeros’ past should hit the silver screen.