HBO Boss Defends Decision to Air Final Season in 2019

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

But none of those series bring in even close to the viewership numbers that HBO enjoys with Game of Thrones, and the return of Big Little Lies or True Detective would have helped soften that blow.

Game of Thrones season 8 won't air until 2019, though that's still nothing like the delay between books as fans wait for Martin to finish the sixth in the series.

Game of Thrones season eight premiers in 2019. We're not using the final season to launch a new show or anything like that.

"That's not happening", he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"This story, 'A Song of Fire and Ice, ' is done. There's no revival, reboot, spinoff talk". The final season of the hit medieval series starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke indeed is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, including a dragon-on-dragon battle between Drogon and his undead brother Viserion in the Great War to Come. "Here's what I'll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality. It's a high-class problem".

Among some of the writers already confirmed to work on the project are Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) and Jane Goldman (X-Men, Kick-Ass).

As for how many GOT prequel series HBO may go with, "anywhere form zero to five but probably more likely around one", Bloys said. Bloys also talked about the upcoming five "Game of Thrones" prequels, which are now in development on the network. We're not doing a final season and then, 'Following it at 11pm...' I've seen some exciting material. "We ave some really talented writers working on them". But there's no timetable.

He told TV Line that there are some things that are "potentially very exciting".

The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could. "It's quite a sudden shift, I guess, but it feels like the right time".

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