The final season of Game of Thrones will not return until 2019, that's according to the star of the series Sophie Turner.
While HBO still does not confirm the premiere year of season 8 (which EW revealed for the first time was the most likely option in June), Turner let out a new interview Variety that " ] Game of Thrones comes out in 2019. "
His appointment follows the news that GoT which is currently filming his last six episodes, will continue filming until the summer of 2018 (which also suggested that the show would not return until the following year given the amount of post-production work required for each season).
The 2019 date could be said to benefit HBO in several ways. Since Game of Thrones season 7 issued last summer, the program competes in the 2018 Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast next fall, allowing HBO to center GoT advertising efforts on its Emmy campaign next year instead of promoting a new season at the same time. Also, when it comes to a subscription-based network, maintaining the highest-rated program in your history for a little longer does not hurt either.
But ultimately, the reason for the setback seems to come from GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss simply seek to take their time and make the final season as epic as possible. The Emmy-winning duo explained earlier that they wanted to spend a year and a half doing the climactic round of the fantasy show. The former GoT actor Jason Momoa recently visited season 8 in Belfast and declared that the final season "will be the best that has been aired on television." It will be amazing. It's going to end up with a lot of people. "
In the same interview, Turner mocked a little about Sansa Stark's story last season:" This season, there's a new threat, and suddenly you find yourself something back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it's a test for her if she can get over it … This season is more of a passionate fight for her than a political and manipulative struggle. "