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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The end is drawing near for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Fans are already seeing the curtain start to draw in the current season, with the cast growing ever smaller, and the payoffs being sent our way in droves. after eight years of quality fantasy television, we’re that much closer to see who ends up on the Iron Throne.

This year saw Season 7 of Game of Thrones slightly delayed due to weather, and earlier this year, HBO expressed their willingness to delay Season 8 (the final season) to 2019, should the writers need more time to guarantee a satisfying conclusion. But will this actually be the case? Perhaps not. Speaking with Collider, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau revealed that he’ll be back on set in October.

“I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it’s been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season. But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.”

So let’s break it down. Production for each season usually lasts around six months or so. With that in mind, it could be done around April or March, barring any unforeseen issues during production. Season 7 wrapped production in February of this year, and the first episode hit HBO roughly five months later. With that in mind, we may be getting either a late summer release of August or September, or a fall release in October or November.

This certainly makes a lot of sense. We know the scripts are done being written, and now it’s just a matter of turning those scripts into reality.

Get ready for a sad 2018.

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SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.