This just in — HBO confirmed on Thursday that Games of Thrones will not return until 2019. And as you've might've already guessed, fans aren't too thrilled about the premiere date. According to The Verge, the series' eighth and final season doesn't have an exact premiere date, with the report stating that it will come back "sometime in 2019" with only six episodes.
The news comes just five months after its seven-episode Season 7 came to close in August, leading fans to already speculate that the popular show wouldn't make its return for quite some time. But expecting Games of Thrones (casting: Carla Stronge) to take its time fine-tuning its final season didn't stop its enthusiasts from feeling disappointed once HBO confirmed the news, however. And so, they shared their frustration all over social media.
Everyone knows that GoT fans take the HBO series pretty seriously, and all of the Twitter reactions following the announcement totally prove this to be true. At first glance, the bulk of emotion surrounding the late-return appears to be anger. Waiting a year, which Game of Thrones (production designer: Deborah Riley) is known for doing, to premiere the final season is one thing, but pushing the intermission back until "sometime in 2019"? Yeah, that's asking for a little too much.
But, why exactly is GoT's final season taking so long to return, you ask? Fans on Twitter are searching for the answers to this very question. Could the GoT spinoffs have anything to do with it? Or will its showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss take some time in 2018 to work on their new controversial HBO show Confederate?
Instead, Entertainment Weekly speculated that GoT's lengthy production time could have everything to do with creators wanting to make the final season bigger than ever. While speaking to the show's programming president, Casey Bloys back in June 2017, EW reported that Season 8 (which is currently in production) could take up to a year and half to complete.
With the show being as amazingly cinematic as it already is, fans can bet that the final season will be pulling out all of the stops. In the EW interview, Bloys shared that both Benioff and Weiss want to send off their 12-year television brainchild off right. And GoT star Jason Momoa teasing to EW a few months later, in November 2017, that Season 8 is "going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV," totally cosigns this. "It’s going to be unbelievable," Momoa continued. "It’s going to f*ck up a lot of people."
If anything, it sounds like it's going to be worth the wait, and fans agree — so much so, however, that they would much rather skip the year 2018 altogether.
In the midst of the anger, confusion, and heightened anticipation, a few fans were able to see another silver lining in having a lengthy hiatus. For those who are unfamiliar, GoT is based on the George R.R. Martin book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin is expected to release another addition to the series, The Winds of Winter, in 2018, with its final book titled A Dream Of Spring releasing sometime after. Some fans believe that GoT's production schedule could give leeway for Martin's projects to release before closing out the television series. And as a result, not spoiling Martin's masterpiece for the literary audience.
If true, the move would be mighty courteous of both HBO and showrunners Benioff and Weiss. However, the schedule is more than likely to be connected to the top-tier production going into making the final six GoT episodes ultimate successes. And seriously, if Season 8 is expected to top the amazingness that Season 7 had to offer, HBO can totally take as much time as it needs.