Game Of Thrones eighth and final season begins this month (the cast’s first table read is on October 9!), meaning the long, dark night that is a Game Of Thrones-less world is heading our way, but not before we get 6 final episodes of Westerosi excellence.
Sure, the final season of the world’s biggest show will only consist of six episodes, BUT, those six episodes are rumored to each be feature length, and each cost upwards of $15 million dollars. Not only that, but we now know who will be directing those final six episodes, and let me tell you, it is the murderer’s row of Thrones directors.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that it’s going to take quite the long time until the eighth and final season is in our hands.
In previous seasons, Game of Thrones set up shop in Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Spain, and Iceland, among other real-world destinations standing in for Westeros and beyond. But now that most of the main characters are together, and there’s no need to film North of the Wall now that the White Walkers have broken on through to the other side (“Hold the door”? More like, “Hold the Doors”), shooting will slow down. Filming simultaneously is impossible.
The rumor is that it will take 10 months to film season eight, or almost twice as long as normal.
Speaking at Comic-Con Stockholm, Iain Glen, the actor who plays
Ser Friendzone Lord of the Cuck Ser Jorah Mormont, Glen says that the biggest factor in how long production will take is location.
“We’re all starting to occupy the same territory. We’re all starting to be in the same storylines and so they can’t [have two filming units] anymore,” Glen explained. “I think this last season will take much longer to shoot because they can only use one unit because we’re all in the same sort of scenes.”
Based on all this information, it’s becoming likelier and likelier that the final season of Game Of Thrones won’t air until 2019, which is a huge deal, because at the rate this world is going, we may not even make it that long.