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HBO hasn't released an official release date for Game of Thrones, but that doesn't mean some fans still aren't convinced it's coming in April 2019. The rumor first started after a supposed slip of the tongue by actress Maisie Williams, and despite the fact that Williams later debunked her quote as out of date information, some brushed it off as damage control to keep the premiere date a secret. Now it appears as though Williams wasn't lying, as an interview with the show's visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer has revealed the premiere date might be even further away than that:

In two years we'll be eligible for the Season 8 work, which we're just beginning now. We're going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019, so it's eight or nine months away. But the prequel is starting to shoot in February, at least the pilot. So we'll still have quite a lot to do on Season 8 when they're beginning.

The talk about the 2020 Emmys may not seem that important unless you're someone who knows something about deadlines for shows to be eligible for the awards show. For Game of Thrones to be eligible for the 2019 Emmys, it would need to air a majority of its six episodes before the deadline of Friday, May 31, 2019. Joe Bauer's quote to Huffington Post that they're planning on being eligible for the 2020 Emmy's almost certainly means Season 8 won't air in April and may air even later than that.

Game of Thrones can't air until the visual effects team has wrapped up all its work, and while Joe Bauer is currently working on the season right now, he's not going to be finished anytime soon. Bauer shared he's going to be working on GoT non-stop, and that he's planned to be working on the series well into May 2019:

So much of it comes down to timing and all that stuff. The situation changes every week. I know I'm not doing anything else but 'Thrones' until May of next year.

The news that Game of Thrones could arrive later than May 2019 isn't that surprising, as Season 7 premiered in July of 2017. Of course, that same logic was used to justify the April rumor, as 5 of the show's seasons all premiered during that month. For now, it seems like fans may be better off not trying to guess when Season 8 will arrive, although this latest news appears to indicate they should stop holding on to the notion it will be a spring arrival.

CinemaBlend will continue to track Game of Thrones updates and hopefully get to the bottom of when Season 8 will arrive sooner than later. In the meantime, fans are encouraged to check out the great television on the horizon and visit both our summer and fall premiere guides. For more on GoT, check out which actor from the series recently became the new Colonel Sanders for KFC.