The seventh deteriorate of Game of Thrones (coming Jul 16th) was pushed behind several months due to a prolongation report that indispensable to revolve around winter, though a eighth deteriorate competence be pushed behind even further, for vaguer reasons.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming arch Casey Bloys hinted that a eighth deteriorate (only 6 episodes long) competence not atmosphere until 2019. Discussing because showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss aren’t going to be endangered in any spinoff array in a vital way, Bloys said, “By a time a final deteriorate airs, Dan and David will have been during this for 12 years.” Though Weiss and Benioff initial met Martin in 2006, HBO didn’t sequence a commander of Game of Thrones until Nov 2008, and prolongation didn’t start until Oct 2009. It’s not transparent where Bloys is measuring from, though to me a math looks a tiny depressing.
The interviewer afterwards asked, some-more explicitly, “So as of now, a final deteriorate could atmosphere in 2018 and / or in 2019 depending on their needs?” To that Bloys responded, “Yeah. They have to write a episodes and figure out a prolongation schedule. We’ll have a improved clarity of that once they get serve into a writing.” It’s flattering vague, though it positively implies that HBO has given Benioff and Weiss accede to take their time.
Though a Westeros-free 2018 would apparently defect Game of Thrones fans who can no longer fathom a summer though a uncover (me, too!), it’s probable that it’s… a good thing. Bloys hinted that a network still hasn’t dynamic how many Game of Thrones spinoffs it’s going to make (there are 5 in a very early stages of development), or when they would air, though they aren’t endangered about relocating quickly: “Making Game of Thrones as good as probable is a No. 1 goal, and afterwards we’ll see about these scripts. You’re not going to see a conditions where a subsequent uncover in a Thrones star launches off a behind of this one.”
He frames this pacing as an act of esteem to Game of Thrones, creation certain it gets “the sendoff” it deserves. But pulling a final deteriorate behind would also give HBO some-more time to get a ducks in a quarrel there, avoiding carrying to rush something new to screen. As they schooled a initial time around, a fiercely clinging fan bottom is also an incredibly critical one.
There are apparent questions to ask about how George R.R. Martin’s still-unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire series plays into this preference as well. The showrunners have famous a vital story beats and a crux of a finale for years, and Martin has mostly done a indicate of observant that a uncover and a books are dual apart works, meant to be enjoyed on their possess merits — though would he unequivocally wish HBO to get a initial gash during presenting a many anxiously awaited finish of a anticipation array in new memory?
Though many fans believed a penultimate, sixth book in a array Winds of Winter would be released before HBO got to atmosphere deteriorate 6, it didn’t happen. They afterwards revised that guess to a recover date preceding deteriorate 7, though it’s apparent that’s not going to occur either, and Martin has reliable it several times on his personal blog. But some fans have speculated that Martin is operative on a sixth and seventh books simultaneously, so that a opening between their recover dates competence be significantly narrower than those between prior installments. (It’s been scarcely 6 years given volume five, A Dance with Dragons.) Pushing deteriorate 8 to 2019 could concede during slightest one of a books come out before a uncover drops all a end-game bombshells. There’s positively no approach to know, Martin hasn’t so most as hinted during it, though I’m only perplexing to offer we a tiny comfort here.
Anyway, we competence be watchful until 2019 for a finish of Game of Thrones. I’m sorry.