Game of Thrones Season 8 Will Air in Early 2019 With the Prequel Shooting At the Same Time
Game of Thrones fans have been hungry for news of the series since the extra long hiatus between season seven and the eighth (and final!) season. Even Maisie Williams’ and Sophie Turner’s tattoos are getting attention (Williams got “No One” tattooed on the back of her neck, while Turner got the House Stark sigil on her arm).
HBO wrapped production of season eight just this month. The official word is that it will air in early 2019, which is not out of the ordinary. Some were thinking there would be a delay. But previous seasons aired around March or April in the years they were released.
HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys shared the announcement with EW on July 25th at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills. His exact words were that Game of Thrones will air in the “first half” of 2019.
Jane Goldman’s prequel has been more up-in-the-air and subject to rumors. There was a report that shooting would begin in October this year, but Bloys dismissed this claim. He said he has no knowledge of that; and furthermore, they are still working on getting people on board for the project. They are still without a director, much less a cast.
Bloys said that the hope is for the pilot to be in production around the same time season eight of Game of Thrones is airing, early 2019.
He also added that even if production started in October 2018, it would not guarantee an earlier air date for the prequel.
HBO has made no official announcement with an exact release date for the final season. So the first half of 2019 is all the fans can chew on right now. That could mean its usual slot of March/April or, with some luck, even earlier!