Report: The Final Season Of Game Of Thrones Might Not Air Until Winter 2019

Daenerys, on the throne. (Image: HBO)

Fall’s going to be lasting a little bit longer.

It’s been a long wait for the eight and last season of Game of Thrones, whose six episodes have been slated, for a while, to air in 2019. We have previously speculated, alongside much of the rest of the internet, that they’d be airing around April of next year, but new information suggests that might not be the case.

An interview with visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer on the Huffington Post talks about the show in reference to the Emmy Awards and its eligibility. And Bauer said something interesting: “In two years we’ll be eligible for the Season 8 work, which we’re just beginning now.”

Now, this is mostly interesting to people, like the Huffington Post, who know about how Emmy eligibility works. For a work to be eligible for that upcoming year’s Emmys, it has to air the majority of its episodes by May 31st. So, if Game of Thrones won’t be eligible until 2020, that means it won’t be airing most of its six episodes until after May 31st. So an April 2019 release date is completely off the table.

“We’re going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019, so it’s eight or nine months away,” Bauer added. So that means late May or early June would be the likeliest point for a release, if they get it out the door as soon as it’s done.

Now, this isn’t confirmed by any official HBO outlets, and the HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys, has previously suggested that they’re targeting the first half of 2019 for a release. But it seems pretty plausible.

If we hear any more, we’ll update this post with more information. In the meantime, I hear Game of Thrones video games are good lately.


Comments

    Meh, just like the books, the air has gone out of the sails for me. I'll still watch it, but for me Seasons 1-3 and Books 1-3 are what I'll always be most fond of.

    I wonder if it's delayed to come out after Winds Of Winter! The show went downhill pretty steeply after it ran out of source material, I'm indifferent to it now. Still desperate for the last two books though.

    I love GoT but i feel like they should have put more effort into casting and developing Dany and Jon. After season 1 Dany's story always felt like a low budget fantasy and Jon's character has been pretty weak in the show. There used to be so many great actors that would elevate the show but now Jon and Dany are at the center and there arn't that many great actors left. I will still watch and enjoy it but it feels a bit cheap and shallow compered to earlier seasons.

      Yeah it's interesting - I could easily imagine a lot of other people filling those two roles - whereas some, e.g Cersei, Joffrey, Ned, Bron, Hot Pie, seem irreplaceable.

    I'm over it pretty much. I'll watch these eventually, but the burning desire to absolutely watch everything the minute it is released is long gone.

    Last edited 27/08/18 1:45 pm

    I don't want to make any outlandish statements but I think there would be a large proportion of people at this point who only care about watching season 9 to know what happens (due to the investment they've made so far), rather than for want of the viewing experience. I am one of these people. I don't think GoT has been much good since season 3 and season 4 was the last season I was really excited about. The show has just declined in so many ways and if somebody gave me a full synopsis of the final season then I'd read it carefully enough to know what happens and not bother to watch the show. I mostly watched season 5-7 out of casual interest but was usually playing video games or reading at the same time. Seems to happen with a lot of big shows these days. Similar to House of Cards, and The Walking Dead for example. Both started with huge fanfare and petered out after a few seasons.

    To go against the grain here I've enjoyed it more and more each season. Looking forward to it ending though, should be good!

      You're not alone.

      I'm looking forward to it.
      My only concern is whether 6 episodes is enough, without rushing through things.

        allegedly all 6 episodes are movie length. So it would probably be the equivalent to 8 normal episodes.

    There was a dip for a bit, but i really enjoyed the last season alot. I dont get the "it was only good the first 3 years" trend early people in these comments seem to have.

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