Yes, Game Of Thrones fans. The end is coming—but not until 2019!
After a dramatic/spectacular/overwhelming ending of season seven of Game of Thrones, fans of the show have been desperate to find out whether they’ll have to wait over a year before this magical tale picks up where it left.
And now, Lady Stark—who also goes by Sophie Turner outside of the Seven Kingdoms—has shatter the dreams of her still hopeful (until yesterday) audience as she confirmed that there will be no dragons, white walkers, or Jon + Daenerys during 2018.
When asked by Variety is she was excited about the premiere of the eighth seasons next year, the actress corrected, saying: “Game of Thrones comes out in 2019.”
Ouch. Like a dragon glass knife in the back.
“We started [filming] in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through. We’ve got six or seven months left,” Turner said.
As detailed by the actress herself, filming it’s expected to wrap up at the beginning of the summer of 2018, with post-production edit ready by early 2019.
And as if that weren’t enough bad news, it’s been also confirmed that season eight will feature only six—not ten, or not nine, not eight, not seven—six episodes. Although, yes, they promise to be much longer than a regular episode, something like the season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf”, which lasted for 80 minutes.
In her interview with Variety, Sophie also went on to talk about the reactions of the cast as they approach the inevitable ending of this story that started back in 2011, when she was just a 14-year-old.
“When we all had read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional,” she said. “For the first time in Thrones history, we had everyone there. All of the Americans wanted to come over. Every single cast member was pretty much there.”
Sophie added: “We’re all kind of feeling the end of it coming. We’re all staying in town a little longer, going out for more meals, trying to get together more. We’re all trying not to take it for granted anymore.”