While popular TV shows have long tenures on the small screen, most aren't meant to run forever. This is surely the case with HBO's massively popular series Game of Thrones, which is gearing up to film its eighth and final season. And while the fandom would appreciate a never ending supply of Westerosi adventures, Season 8 will finally bring a conclusion to the story that some have been following for decades. The cast also seems ready to wrap production, and actor Kit Harrington recently revealed why he's ready for his tenure as Jon Snow to end: his schedule.
Thrones is coming to the end at the right time for me, and everyone involved in it. I was exchanging emails with David [Benioff] Dan [Weiss] last night and we were all getting very soppy and emotional with each other. It will be liberating, just the thought of having a whole year free -- you shoot for six months, but half of the projects you might want to do will have started shooting before that six months is over. There's a lot of things you can't do. I'm looking forward to finishing, and eight years is the right amount of time. I wouldn't want it to go on any longer than it has.
While having a lead role in one of the most popular TV shows of all time is a dream come true, the schedule no doubt becomes tiring after nearly a decade of medieval hijinks. And while Kit Harrington will be sad to leave Jon Snow behind, his comments to Digital Spy show how ready he is for the next part of his career.
Filming schedules for television are notoriously grueling. Complicated and action heavy shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are tiring physically, and the actors is forced to relocate to their filming location for about half of the year. And in the case of GoT, that means the cast and crew living in entirely different countries and timezones than their loved ones. And while the material may be an actor's dream, nearly a decade of this type of workload is no joke.
The final season of Game of Thrones also brings something that both the cast and fans have been longing for: resolution. Considering the popularity of the show and its ensemble cast, the fate of the characters feels very high stakes. Will Dany finally sit on the Iron Throne after eight seasons of gaining power? Will Cersei finally get what's coming to her? Does Jon get to ride a dragon? All will be revealed in the mysterious Season 8, which is likely not arriving anytime in 2018.
While we don't have a release date for the next season of Game of Thrones, be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for updates. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.