If you looking for a good reason to cancel your HBO subscription for 2018, your friends in Westeros just gave you one. Send a raven and warn the realm that HBO finally confirmed, Game of Thrones will return in 2019. The show's creators decided to take 2018 off. This means that die-hard fans of the show will have to wait a whole year and a half before they get to see the shores of Kings Landing again!
Winter is.......uhh..... its..... well, I guess it's gonna take a year.
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For die-hard fans of HBO's most successful show, the 2019 release date is not good news. Many took to social media and accused the show's creators of being lazy. Some even went as far as to blame the White Walkers for moving too slow.
However, showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview that they wanted to take a year off so they could focus on making the final six episodes as heart-pounding as possible. Also, another reason could be a desire to film in the winter months to properly show off a Westeros winter.
Here's how much it costs HBO to produce one episode of 'Game of Thrones'
It should come as no surprise but it takes a lot of work to create Game of Thrones. Last year alone, E-News reported that in 2016 a single "Game of Thrones" episode cost around $10 million to produce. Yeah, you heard right! All of those epic battle scenes don't come cheap.
A production of this magnitude usually involves filming on different locations worldwide, costume designs, special effects, creating storylines and dealing with the personal lives of so many different key actors. So it should be totally understandable for a series of this callosal size would take a while to complete.
Director drops MAJOR Daenerys and Jon Snow bombshell
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As the Long Night sets in, fans are anxiously waiting to see what happens to their favorite two characters, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Will they get hitched? Or will they have a baby? Questions have been swirling ever since the finale in season 7. But as fans wait for the final series to return, director Alan Taylor has dropped a huge bombshell about the two fan favorites.
Taylor, who was speaking on a commentary for "Beyond The Wall," told the audience that indeed the two only met in season 7, they were always meant to be together. He added that way back in season 1, Rob Stark was still alive and it seemed like he was going to be king. No one was sure how things were going to turn out so back then it wouldn't have been the ideal time for them. However, he concluded by saying that George R.R., the writer of the novel A Song of Ice and Fire, always pictured the two together from the very start.
Another interesting tidbit from director Alan Taylor was the fact that a key scene between Jon Snow and Daenerys in season 7 was altered. The altered scene was in the episode, Queen's Justice, when Daenerys saw Jon's scars as Ser Davos undressed him following a battle with the Night King. According to the original script posted on the freefolk Reddit, she was really meant to discover his scars while sitting by his bedside and pulling back his fur covers.
What will happen in the final series of GoT?
So now, I guess the biggest question is, what will happen in the final season? As usual, the cast and crew of the hit show have been extremely tight-lipped about season 8. But lucky for us, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays knight Jaime Lannister agreed to drop some hints. In an interview with Esquire, Nikolaj revealed that some of the show's main characters are going to become part of the Undead. In the interview, he said, “There are going to be some blue-eyed main characters running around,”
As for the ending, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) both agreed that the ending is going to be very emotional and bittersweet. This may mean that while our heroes win, there will be a terrible cost – possibly the life of one of our very favorite characters.