“Game of Thrones” S8 Is Taking More Time

Those hoping that the final season of HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” will get here sooner rather than later, you’ve got a long wait ahead of you.

Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in the series, tells TV Guide that the six episodes remaining will almost certainly be longer than average episodes (as previously rumored) because their filming schedule is longer:

“[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

Cunningham confirmed to the outlet that he officially begins work on the final season this Sunday with a table read of the first episode in Belfast.

Fellow cast member Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont, explained at Stockholm Comic-Con last month that the reason for the lengthier shoot is that with all the characters starting to be in the same storylines, they can’t have two filming units anymore which means it is simply taking much longer to shoot.

It’s expected the final season won’t screen until 2019.