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Maisie Williams made headlines a few days ago when she appeared to let slip Season 8 of Game of Thrones would premiere in April of 2019. In the time since then, Williams has gone to Twitter to set the record straight, and debunk the rumor about what she said. Unfortunately, it looks like fans are back to having no clue which month Game of Thrones will return in:
Maisie Williams didn't deny giving the quote that's been circulating the web since it was first reported, although she added the important detail that it was from an interview from years ago. That makes sense, as another quote Williams gave in the "interview," also had her stating production on Season 8 wasn't set to wrap until December, even though other outlets around the web have alleged late summer is the actual wrap date. The latter news is actually good news for Game of Thrones fans because if production is wrapping months before December, then the series may have a shot at returning prior to April 2019!
That said, there is a precedent of Game of Thrones airing in April more often than not. In fact, the series has debuted a new season in April every season except for Seasons 3 and 7. Season 3 actually premiered sooner than usual in March, but Season 7 didn't air until July. Season 8 of Game of Thrones will have a scale similar to Season 7, so we can at least speculate Season 8 will take at least as long as Season 7 did from completing production to airing. Production wrapped on Game of Thrones Season 7 in February of 2017 and had a five-month gap until its premiere on HBO. If the reported rumors that Season 8 will wrap around late summer is accurate, then its entirely possible Game of Thrones Season 8 will once again return in April.
Speculation aside, the only thing HBO has confirmed to be true is that Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere in 2019. This Maisie Williams debacle should serve as a reminder to fans that television release date information is never 100% solid until it comes from the series' network. It's also a solid reminder that quotes can be taken wildly out of context or, in this case, used to allege something completely false. In short, folks should always air on the side of caution when rumors emerge, television-related or otherwise.