The secret’s been out for some time now that the eighth (and final) season of HBO’s gritty sword-and-sorcery drama will bear a shorter episode count, but have the last remaining six ventures into Westeros be “feature” in length. As such, the final season of the acclaimed series will take longer to shoot, and Ser Davos Seaworth himself (actor Liam Cunningham) recently sat down with TV Guide to possibly confirm a delayed premiere for the last outing in Game of Thrones.
[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.
The Onion Knight also confirmed that he officially begins work on the final season this season, with a table read of the first episode this Sunday in Belfast. Pre-production remains so premature, that even the series’ cast are clueless as to what fates await their characters; Cunningham reveals he’s unsure of when he’ll wrap on the penultimate season, saying:
Game of Thrones is not like any other show. It’s nuts. You basically put your life on hold when you start shooting. Yeah, HBO owns your ass.
With season 8 looking to undoubtedly drop sometime in 2019, let’s hope the series’ author, George R.R. Martin, releases The Winds of Winter as a ways to appease fans and make the wait for winter all the shorter.
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