For those eagerly awaiting the return of HBO’s hit fantasy drama, fret not. Production on the final season of Game of Thrones is well underway, and may very well end up being one of the show’s best yet. However, though Winter is still coming, it may be arriving a little later than we initially expected, and not in the first half of 2019 as previously believed.
In an exclusive interview with HuffPost, Game of Thrones’ visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer says that he has high hopes for the series come time for the 2020 Emmy Awards. What’s suspicious about this is the fact that in order for a series to qualify for the 2020 awards show, it would have to air after the 2019 cut off date of May 31, which means Game of Thrones fans may not be seeing any new episode until next June.
In two years we’ll be eligible for the Season 8 work, which we’re just beginning now. We’re going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019, so it’s eight or nine months away.”
So, in short, Bauer is implying that the show won’t be eligible for next year’s Emmys, and that the show won’t air until after the 2019 deadline of May 31. This makes a release window of June or July more likely, and let’s not forget that the show’s previous season aired in July of 2017. The final season will consist of six episodes.
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