The wait for Game of Thrones season 8 has been dark and full of terrors. However, my sweet, summer children, we might have some idea of when that wait is coming to an end — early 2019!
HBO programming president Casey Bloys was tight-lipped about most of the information surrounding the newest season of Game of Thrones at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. But, he was willing to give a ballpark estimate of when season 8 will release, “I don’t think we’ve announced the date, so sometime in ’19.” Bloys would eventually continue on to say that it would release in the first half of the year, which isn’t a huge surprise as the HBO hit usually airs in the spring.
When pressured about plot details, he obviously stayed pretty quiet. Although, Bloys did express that fans should expect something great. Obviously. Its eighth and final season will be much shorter, offering only six episodes, but at least they will be longer episodes than we are used to. If you’re already feeling the loss of Game of Thrones, more information was given about the prequel spin-offs as well.
One of four active spin-offs, written by George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass), will begin production sometime in 2019 as well. Bloys detailed, “We’re just starting the search for a director, casting director, and we hope to start shooting in the new year.”
This pilot, which Martin is suggesting should be called The Long Night, is the main focus at this point in time. It will take place thousands of years before our favorite characters, called the Age of Heroes. However, it will inform fans of the origins of the Whitewalkers and the complicated history of the Stark family.
Is this exciting news? Or are we all a little sad about Game of Thrones coming to an end? Let us know in the comments below, and keep coming back to The Nerd Stash for all of your nerdy news and needs!