Game of Thrones season 8 might be delayed

SGame of Thronesad news for all Game of Thrones fans: the wait for the final season of the show might be longer than usual.

HBO Programming President, Casey Bloys, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, that the final season of the show may air as late as 2019. He said:

“Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”

Bloys also talked about the scale of the show:

“One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show. We’ve done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done — and we’re the first people to pay for it.”

HBO is also currently working on several spinoffs of Game of Thrones but no details have been revealed yet about these projects, though it was confirmed that these will only air after the main show has concluded.

The seventh season of the epic drama is already airing later than usual this year (July instead of April) and with a shorter season (seven episodes instead of the usual ten.) The season is focused on resolving the complex conflicts between the rulers struggling for power and control in Westeros, as well as the looming threat of the White Walkers, and a possible destruction of the world. Several trailers and promotional photos have already been released for the seventh season, featuring many of the main characters dressed for a heavy winter.

Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere on July 16 on HBO.