“Thrones” S8 Shoot To Run Ten Months?

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” just finished airing its seventh season, meaning only six more episodes are left to air of the big-budget fantasy series in its eighth and final season.

How long we’ll have to wait to see it though is the big question. Production on the new episodes are already slated to begin in October, but a new report at The Live Feed says that despite the shorter episode run – filming is expected to go for nearly a year.

In fact, they suggest the shoot could run as late as August 2018 which would suggest an early 2019 premiere date. HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys says that there’s no definitive timeline in place yet:

“Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take. The shooting is complicated enough — on different continents, with all the technical aspects — and the special effects are a whole other production period that we’re trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this.”

This would also suggest the comments from show sound designer Paula Fairfield the other month, that every episode of the final season could run feature-length just like the recent seventh season finale.

HBO is famous for letting creators take the time they require between seasons to deliver shows. Their recent “Westworld” series for example, which aired its first season in late 2016, isn’t expected to air its second bow until well into 2018.