Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere was delayed for a couple of weeks and HBO is saying that the wait may be much longer for Season 8.
The Emmy award-winning series is relatively one of the most anticipated shows of all time, and it seems like HBO is taking advantage of the audience’s thirst for more to take their time in producing the final two installments of the epic drama.
In fact, according to HBO President for Programming Casey Bloys, fans may have to wait for as long as one year before the GoT Season 8 premiere.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bloys clarified some things about the studio’s plans for the future which included the eighth and final season of the Game of Thrones.
“Our No. 1 goal is the seventh season this summer and getting the eighth season written and aired,” Bloys told EW.
Based on what he told the outlet, the idea was to make the final two seasons “extra cinematic,” which Forbes defined to be “like filming six, one-hour movies instead of six TV show episodes.” And because of that, the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere may not be ready until 2019.
According to EW, Benioff and Weiss previously said that they will be working on the final season “for the next year and a half” when talking about not working on the spinoffs and/or prequels. Bringing that to light, Bloys then confirmed that Season 8 won’t be out until either 2018 or 2019, depending on how much time the showrunners need.
“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.”
This, according to Forbes, may not be such a good idea considering that the show already has shortened Seasons 7 and 8.
“I sort of understood the initial split. I guess we are reaching a logical conclusion of the show and there’s no point dragging it out with filler. And I understand that for award show purposes HBO would want to do two seasons split over two years rather than one, overstuffed, 13-episode season,” the outlet said.
“But there’s a limit, and delaying those final six episodes for potentially a year and a half or two years is great way to absolutely murder the momentum of whatever Season 7 produces this July.”
Aside from Forbes, GoT fans also shared their disappointment at the news, most of which was portrayed using GIFs, presumably because no word can possibly explain what they felt after learning about the lengthy wait.
During the interview, Bloys also cleared a misunderstanding that has people super-hyped about four Game of Thrones spinoffs, which was also reported by the Inquisitr.
Apparently, HBO hired four teams to come up with four storylines, but that does not necessarily mean all four will go into production.
“I want to put the prequels in context. It should go without saying I love having a show with this much intense interest around it. Even the smallest bit of information is a big deal and I appreciate that,” Bloys began.
“In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on.”
As it turns out, GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss set their standards so high that the studio had to get four teams in hopes to get at least one of their ideas aired.
“The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Also, this is a long-term plan,” he added.
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