Game of Thrones Final Season May Be Delayed, Multiple Prequels in Development

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With the penultimate season of Game of Thrones now just a little over a month away, fans are starting to get anxious about the fact that the show is officially heading into the home stretch. HBO announced last year that Game of Thrones would officially end after season 8 and that the the final two seasons would likely share just 13 episodes between them. They’re definitely trying to stretch things out, however, and now this week we are hearing that the final batch of episodes may not come until 2019. The good news is that you can probably safely assume the last 6 episodes will be pretty damn epic. Speaking with EW, HBO programming president Casey Bloys had this to say about it:

So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on their needs?

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.

Creatively, it’s my understanding that the final season is going to be extremely cinematic — so much so that there was an urge behind the scenes for years to end the show with a movie. But it sounds like instead of doing that you’re effectively making six one-hour “movies” for HBO.

One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show. We’ve done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done — and we’re the first people to pay for it.”

He goes on talk about the fact that there are multiple prequels and spin-offs in development but that they are not expecting to move forward with all of them. The hope is to just find one show out of the bunch that came measure up to the original Game of Thrones. David Benioff and Dan Weiss will not be involved. He stresses that HBO’s current focus is seasons 7 and 8 and that whatever comes next will not be ready anytime close to the season 8 finale. Are you happy to hear that Game of Thrones will continue in some form after season 8? Do you think the final seasons will live up to expectations? Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on July 16th, 2017; check out the trailer below.

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    I’m fine with them taking their time with the last season, because of the scope, but I’m not expecting them to ever achieve the high of the first four seasons in the writing. Since then they have pretty much been rushing to end all the storylines before the expected final battle. At least the visuals are better than ever.
    Here’s hoping that they can surprise us still. :)