If you’re eager to reach the culmination of the battle for the Iron Throne, then you may want to cool your heels a bit: you could be waiting a while.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys spoke at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday, and served us all up some piping hot deets on the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which will consist of six episodes.
According to Bloys, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are currently “boarding (Season 8) all out … It’s a big season, so they’re trying to get a sense of how long it’ll take them to shoot this.”
It’s still unclear as to how long the episodes themselves will be — but Bloys hinted that each episode could have the running time of a full-length movie.
“They’ve talked about the length; I imagine they’ll be longer but I truly don’t know like, ‘Oh they’ll be 80 minutes each,’ or whatever, I’m not sure.” Bloys said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We haven’t had that discussion yet because I don’t know how long the episodes are going to be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”
Right now, things are still up in the air as to when we should expect the final episodes — but we may be waiting a while. When asked if Season 8 would be released in 2018 or even 2019, Bloys simply said “Yeah.”
“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.”
Also, don’t expect a spinoff series to be right on its heels. Bloys isn’t anxious to overshadow Game of Thrones by throwing out a similar series too soon.
“The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones, I don’t wanna do anything with a spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that,” he says. “So that season will happen, and my guess is it would be at least a year before you see anything else. Because what I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is gonna be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think it’s best to separate them and that’s what we’ll do.”
In short: we could very well have Game of Thrones content running for the rest of our damn lives.
And you know what? I can’t really complain.