It’s clear at this point that Game of Thrones season 8 is clearly for the patient. It’s been more than a year since season 7 finished airing, and when you consider that there are only six more episodes to go, it’s inevitable to draw the conclusion that the show is just dragging things out.
However, we know already that this is not the case. The remaining episodes are all likely longer than the majority of the other episodes ever done on the series, and with that, the budget is going completely through the roof. There are more battles and effects presumably than ever before, which is probably going to make the final season even more polarizing given how many felt like season 7 was far too action-heavy for its own good. Yet, it’s going to be most likely great no matter what — it’s all just varying degrees of how great it is.
Speaking (per Entertainment Weekly) backstage at the Emmys, show co-creator David Benioff passed along the following message about there being such a long wait for more of the story:
“The final season’s taking a long time because it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done … It was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or actually shooting it. I think when people see it they’re going to understand why it took so long. The last season is far beyond what we’ve ever attempted before.”
As of right now, indications are that the final season will premiere in the first half of season 8, and our guess is that you will see it on the other side of Big Little Lies season 2 and True Detective season 3. We know that the latter is premiering early on in 2019, while no Big Little Lies date has been set at present.
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