Here’s what we know about the remaining seasons of Game of Thrones:
- Season seven premieres on July 16 in the U.S. — that makes it July 17 in Australia.
- Season seven will only be seven episodes long, shortening the series from the 10 episodes it’s previously been.
- Season eight will only be six episodes long, wrapping up the showrunners’ dreams of completing the series in 73 episodes.
And here’s something else we’ve just learned: we may have to wait until 2019 to watch those final six episodes.
Casey Bloys, the programming president for HBO, clarified to Entertainment Weekly what the network has planned for the end of the show, and also touched on rumours that have gone around about the rumoured four prequels.
Bloys said that David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners and brains behind the show, probably won’t be involved with the prequel/s because they want to focus on the final Game of Thrones seasons.
“In conversations with them, they feel if their name is on the prequels — even in a passive way — it conveys some sort of expectation or responsibility,” he explained. “They want to enjoy the show as fans and don’t want to worry about the scripts or production issues. We were hoping to have their names on it out of respect for them, but we understand why they don’t want that.”
Bloys confirmed that Benioff and Weiss will take all the time they need to make the Game of Thrones final season as epic as possible — meaning it could take them longer than A WHOLE YEAR to get it out. “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.”
And as for those prequels? Don’t lose your shit thinking there will be four, which is what’s been reported.
“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,” Bloys said. “That’s not what’s going on. 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. Our No. 1 goal is the seventh season this summer and getting the eighth season written and aired.”
So our main takeaway points? Season eight might air in 2019, and there might only be one prequel, but they’re going to be fucking awesome/worth the wait, and will extend Game of Thrones in our lives for years to come.
We guess we can live with that…