For the last couple of seasons, fans are getting more impatient with each episode of Game of Thrones hoping for any leaks that they can get their hands on. Seven to ten episodes in one year spanning two months feels too short. The agony of waiting is painful.
In a report by the Hollywood Reporter, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that they are planning to extend the break between the seventh season and the final season for up to 16 months or more. The reason is an extended production shoot, which is reportedly scheduled to begin this October and last through August 2018. This could push the next season as late as 2019.
Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take. The shooting is complicated enough — on different continents, with all the technical aspects — and the special effects are a whole other production period that we’re trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this.
The complicated on-location filming that Game of Thrones is known for has grown even more complicated since winter finally arrived in Westeros, requiring chillier climes (and more filming in Iceland), This has already caused the seventh season to be delayed several months, debuting in July instead of the show’s typical April schedule.
There may only be a single six-episode season left in the entire series — but hopefully, HBO will make it worth the wait. In the meantime, a Bethesda Game of Thrones game might be in the works as Target has allegedly leaked the game.