Final Season of 'Game of Thrones' Could Be Delayed Until 2019

Friday, 02 June 2017 - 7:31PM
Game of Thrones
Friday, 02 June 2017 - 7:31PM
Final Season of 'Game of Thrones' Could Be Delayed Until 2019
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Millions of Game of Thrones fans are still impatiently staring at their watches, as they await the seventh season of the show in July. The wait has been unusually long, as instead of a normal spring debut, this upcoming season has been pushed back to summer.

But if that felt like a long wait, things are potentially about to get worse, as HBO's head of programming, Casey Bloys, has hinted that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones might not appear on our televisions next year at all. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bloys was asked about a statement from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who said they won't be involved with any prequels so they can work on the final season for a year and a half.

While Bloys was unwilling to commit to a definitive release time, he responded to that rumor with "Yep," and stated that deadlines are not a factor in making sure the Game of Thrones conclusion is as satisfying as possible:

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"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."
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Of course, while it's fantastic that HBO is making sure that the Game of Thrones showrunners get all the time and resources they need to finish up the series with a bang, there are several key benefits (for HBO, at least) to delaying the conclusion of the show for as long as possible.

Game of Thrones will continue to be relevant until it concludes, and once the final episode has aired, the buzz around the show will diminish dramatically. Delaying its finale means more publicity, more attention from fans, and more chance of hooking new viewers in anticipation of the long-awaited final season.

What's more, as HBO is working on a series of Game of Thrones spin-off shows, delaying season eight until 2019 will mean a shorter gap between the end of the original show, and the start of any new spin-offs that might eventually appear. Either way, with the final season of Game of Thrones focusing on quality over quantity of episodes, there's every chance that fans will be in for a long wait once August is out of the way and season seven is out in the wild, in order to polish the finale into the best that it can be,

In the meantime, Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on July 16, 2017 on HBO.


Via: The Verge
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