Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a report from the Hollywood Report regarding season 8 of Game of Thrones.
Take a deep breath. Season 7 of Game of Thrones may have ended last night, but there’s one more season before it’s all over. Not a lot is known about season 8 yet, but here’s what we know so far.
When is it coming out?
We don’t know. At the Television Critics Association, HBO network programming president Casey Bloys confirmed that the scripts for season 8 have already been written. However, the process from script to shooting can be long, and the final six episodes of the series will likely be some of the series’s largest. The larger the scale of the episode, the more time is required to film.
However, It’s possible that lengthy shooting schedules could push back the release to 2019. (Update: An unconfirmed report from the Hollywood Reporter states that shooting for season 8 will run from October until possibly August 2018. If this is the case, the final season of Game of Thrones indeed may not arrive until 2019.)
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Express suggests season 8 will be released “no earlier than August 2018,” and Independent estimates a July 2018 release. Until official word is released, it’s hard to say how long we’ll have to wait. No need to stress this second, though!
How many episodes will there be?
Season 8 will have six episodes, making it the shortest season yet. However, Bloys was ambiguous as to how long each episode will be. Via Collider, “We haven’t had that discussion yet because I don’t know how long the episodes are gonna be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”
Considering the season 7 finale had a 79-minute runtime, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff could be preparing six feature-length episodes for fans.
When do they shoot?
In an interview with Collider, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (A.K.A. Jaime Lannister) confirmed he’d begin shooting season 8 in October:
I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it’s been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season. But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.
While we have months to wait until we find out who’ll join the army of the dead, we can pass the time by doing things like going outside. Maybe meeting friends and going out to dinner. On the bright side, George R.R. Martin promises a couple of new books are on the horizon…allegedly.
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