HBO programming president Casey Bloys has revealed that the hotly awaited final season of “Game of Thrones” will air in the early months of 2019.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys confirmed that while there is no specific, official return date for Season 8, the popular fantasy-action series will debut on the network in the first half of next year – adding that the final six episodes are “pretty great”.
Commenting on the continued whispers of various “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in the works, Bloys also let slip that one pilot for a prequel series has been ordered, which revolves around a story created by Jane Goldman and franchise mastermind George R.R. Martin, and will is based in the same world of Westeros.
Set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, the spinoff in question is said to focus on “The Long Night”, a period of Westeros history in which humans first fought the dreaded White Walkers.
“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” Bloys said, with hopes the spinoff will begin “shooting sometime in the new year. Beyond that, no plans to make other ones.”