Game of Thrones wrapped up its seventh and penultimate season on Sunday, leaving fans with plenty to speculate about in terms of what will eventually happen to our favorite characters in season eight. Naturally, it also left many people with questions about when the show will return for its swan song, and what we already know about what to expect.
Alas, many of the details surrounding Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season are just as much a cliffhanger the Night King knocking down the wall and Jon Snow having sex with his Aunt Dany. But we do have at least some info to go on. Here’s what we know (and what we don’t) about season eight so far.
Game of Thrones season eight might not air until 2019
It looks like we’ll have to wait more than a year to watch the final season of Game of Thrones.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO may extend the hiatus between the just-concluded seventh season and the eighth and final season by up to 16 months or more, due to the show’s complicated shooting and special effects schedules, especially as Dany’s CGI-intensive dragons factor more heavily into the plot.
In June, HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed to Entertainment Weekly, that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were “going to work on the final season for the next year and a half,” and that “the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on their needs.”
At the time, Bloys said noted that they still had “to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule.” This week, Bloys further explained the situation to the Hollywood Reporter:
Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take. The shooting is complicated enough — on different continents, with all the technical aspects — and the special effects are a whole other production period that we’re trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this.
Production on season eight…