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– by Seth McDonald

With the faster pace of Game of Thrones Season 7, it is apparent that the final act of what is arguably the greatest television show ever has begun. Events and journeys that, in past seasons, would have taken several episodes to reach fruition are now happening within the episode in which they began, or will be realized in the next episode. For example, last week Jon Snow received an invitation to Dragonstone, normally, Jon would have arrived there maybe 3-4 episodes later, but we know from this week’s promo that he will indeed be in Daenerys Targaryen’s throne room come Sunday. This all reiterates that there is no time to waste for the rest of this story. Fans have waited patiently for six years, and now comes our reward.

Today we learn from Collider that as far as the writing aspect, Game of Thrones is finished. That’s right. The scripts for the final season have been completed. Bittersweet indeed, but with talk of the final season potentialy being pushed back to 2019, us fans are wondering when we may see the epic last episodes of our favorite show. The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently mapping out a timetable for how long Season 8 will take to shoot using storyboards, “It’s a big season. They’re trying to get a sense of how long it’s going to take them to shoot this,” said network programming president, Casey Bloys.

So… will we get Season 8 in 2018? 2019? This still remains up in the air until Benioff and Weiss work out the shooting schedule. We all know the current season was delayed close to two months due to the showrunners wanting to shoot in ‘real’ winter. While Bloys did address the spinoffs in the works, he did reiterate that the Game of Thrones is absolutely the current focus of the team:

“The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want any spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen, my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think it’s best to separate it, and that’s what we’ll do.”

I can’t say I disagree with him, even though us fans will surely eat up anything thrown at us that is Game of Thrones related, we can wait for the spinoffs. We want the show we love ended right, ended with the same quality and consistency we have grown accustomed to over the last several years.

Are you content with Game of Thrones being the main focus, or do you want them to get started on the spinoffs earlier rather than later so that there will be no gap in between the end of Game of Thrones and the new show? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Collider