'Game of Thrones' final season to premiere in first half of 2019
The eighth and final season of 'Game of Thrones' is set to premiere in the first half of 2019, according to HBO president Casey Bloys
A year doesn't really feel like a year for fans obsessed with the Iron Throne until and unless a season of 'Game of Thrones' has premiered already. And for everyone complaining about the unfairness of the dry year that has been 2018, worry not — the eighth and final season of the show is reportedly set to premiere in the first half of 2019, according to HBO president Casey Bloys. At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Wednesday, Bloys confirmed the news, hinting that the show may finally return to its scheduled roots when it comes to premieres, considering its first six seasons had premiered in March or Aril.
"When I say we’re hoping to go into production in 2019, we have to find a director, we have to cast it," Bloys said about the show, before he went on to mention that any other Game of Thrones related projects that were supposed to be under development are now in sort of a "combination" of being dead and being still in the works. "The reason we did multiple scripts is, out of five, we’d be lucky if we got one,” Bloys added.
At the same time, he also revealed that Jane Goldman’s 'GoT' spinoff pilot titled the 'Age of Heroes' is still very much happening, and its filming is scheduled to begin in Belfast also in early 2019. While production is yet to hire a director or finalize the casting, it is still one of the only Game of Thrones spinoff that is moving forward with its plans while the others have been sadly put on hold or just canceled.
At the same time, fans can comfort themselves knowing that Fire & Blood: Volume 1 is less than just four months away. George R. R. Martin and Jane Goldman (who will also serve as showrunner), are creating the show, with its untitled prequel pilot supposed to take place "thousands of years before the events of Game of Thones."
"The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden 'Age of Heroes' into its darkest hour," the show's logline reads. "And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… It’s not the story we think we know."
Bloys also confirmed that Game of Thrones related projects were brought into works way back in July 2016 despite the nature of them having still been kept a secret. And Martin himself has confirmed that none of these additional shows are spinoffs but just prequels — meaning none of the original Game of Thrones characters (and cast members) are going to be involved in them.