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There are few shows in television history that are as massively popular as HBO's Game of Thrones. The fantasy drama series has captivated audiences for eight years, becoming the quintessential water cooler conversation during the summer. And with just one season left before the series ends forever, the fandom couldn't be more excited for the show to come back. Unfortunately, the wait for Season 8 looks like it's going to be extra long. Because one GOT star just revealed how long they'll be filming the final season, and its looking doubtful that it'll return in the year 2018. Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, recently divulged:
[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We're filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we'd have six months to do ten episodes, so we're [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.
It looks like production is really not fooling around when it comes to Game of Thrones Season 8. Because while new seasons typically air in the summer months, they won't even be done filming until then. So the fandom better hunker down and prepare, because Winter isn't coming back for a while.
Although hiatus will be painful, Liam Cunningham's comment to TV Guide seems to indicate that Game of Thrones will be delivering big time when it returns for its final season. Early reports indicate that each episode will have a cinematic feel, which sounds exciting. And actor John Bradley (aka Samwell Tarley) has claimed that each of the six episodes from the new season will feel like the legendary 9th episodes from the early seasons. Meaning, that every one of the final episodes will feature brutal and thrilling moments that will feel like a major payoff.
Indeed, the pacing for _Game of Throne_s seriously picked in with Season 7, as a shorter season left less room for meandering or exploration. New character pairings and long awaited reunions finally occurred. Furthermore, the rate of travel in Westeros was sped up, allowing for characters to cross large distances without taking six episodes to get to their destination. And while this may have been a point of contention for book purists, you can't deny that the last season was absolutely thrilling.
The pressure is on for Game of Thrones' final season to deliver a satisfying conclusion. TV goers have been following the story for eight years, and want to see the story end in an exciting way. And for fans of George R.R. Martin's novels, the series finale will be decades in the making. So perhaps it's best that they take their time and film a gorgeous Season 8.
Game of Thrones will probably return for Season 8 sometime in 2019, although no date has been confirmed. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.