For a Game of Thrones fan, the wait between seasons is like getting an eye exam from The Mountain, or like having Lady Olenna be your sommelier for an evening; it's the worst, and likely isn't good for anyone's health. (I'm not a doctor.) The current wait will be the longest one yet, but some information was recently offered up by one of the show's stars, fan favorite Liam Cunningham, that could at least give us all an idea of when Season 7 (and maybe Season 8) could actually arrive on our TVs. In his words:
I've been disappointing various people around the world because it was meant to come out in April. It's July now, I think. There's going to be a launch and something special happening this year for the premiere. The bad news is, there will only be seven episodes and the final season starts again as far as I know in September.
Knowing just how little HBO and Game of Thrones' creators like to reveal about the show's future, it's almost as if Liam Cunningham thought he was speaking into a pillow as the lone occupant of a space shuttle. But no, he was giving one of his usual press interviews, as TV stars are wont to do, and he seemingly coughed up some extremely important information about the final two seasons' premiere dates, which had only been speculated on in the past. HBO hasn't gotten any more specific than "mid-2017" and "2018," so if Cunningham is truly in the know, viewers can now start planning season premiere parties with more confidence.
The final two seasons of Game of Thrones were pushed back from spring premieres due to the inclusion of the all-encompassing Winter that has finally arrived, as well as the massive scale of the last batch of episodes, of which we'll see fewer. Cunningham seems to also be indicating that Season 7 is locked down at seven episodes, which means even if it all started in the last week of July, we'd be done with Game of Thrones again before the middle of September arrived.
And if the actor's words about the final season are correct, we'd then wait another entire year to get to Season 8. It's harder to tell exactly what he's saying here, as it's possible Cunningham is saying production for Season 8 will begin again in September. Technically, both could be true.
Fans can, however, take comfort in the fact that Liam Cunningham was only speaking from an opinion-led viewpoint, and it's not all that often that actors are allowed to give away extremely important information like this. For a network sitcom that doesn't have entire sites dedicated to spoilers, that might be fine, but not for Game of Thrones. Plus, we've already seen a proposed date leak get reverted. To that end, Cunningham hit up social media after his interview with The Independent with a post that would only seem cryptic if you weren't aware of what he'd said about the premiere dates.
But did Liam Cunningham say that because he was getting asked too many questions by fans, or did one of the network/show execs give him a call to do some oddly worded damage control? Could be a combination of both, even. Whichever way it goes, we probably won't be getting to see Cunningham's Davos or Dany or Littlefinger or anyone else on Game of Thrones at any point before July, so we'll keep our hopes alive.