Game of Thrones season 8 scripts have been completed, though HBO doesn’t yet know when the final season will premiere. HBO has seen unprecedented success with its fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, developed by David Benioff and D.B Weiss and based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. The show has since passed the novels, with the acclaimed author saying that the next book in the series will release sometime next year. Then again, the show’s final season may also release sometime next year.

Game of Thrones season 7 premiered almost two weeks ago, and its premiere episode, “Dragonstone,” propelled the show’s ratings upwards of 50 percent in comparison to the show’s season 6 premiere in 2016. People are undoubtedly excited to see how the game of thrones comes to its conclusion, with there being only a handful of people left vying for the Iron Throne. Furthermore, the people of Westeros will soon have to unite together to face the common enemy that is the White Walkers – and that’s something that we’ll see play out this season as well as next season.

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HBO has previously confirmed that Game of Thrones season 8 will contain only six episodes (compared to the show’s usual 10 episode count), with season 7 only featuring seven episodes. Despite featuring fewer episodes, that doesn’t mean the show will premiere earlier. In fact, the network has no idea on when season 8 will debut, according to HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys. Still, according to The Wrap, the network’s programming head revealed during HBO’s summer TCA presentation that all season 8 scripts have been completed.

John Bradley Jim Broadbent in Game of Thrones Season 7 Game of Thrones Final Season Scripts Done; Premiere Date Not Decided

Last month, the show’s creators updated press, saying that they were “nearly” done with the season 8 scripts, but they didn’t want to imply that they had completed the story yet, seeing as finishing up a series like this comes with lots of pressure – and they didn’t want to drop the ball, so to speak. The showrunners have previously confirmed they are writing the show’s final four episodes, which makes up two-thirds of its final season. Although that number may disappoint fans who’ve waited years to see how everything comes to an end, HBO has indicated that many of those episodes, if not all, will be longer than usual.

The series’ sound designer Paula Fairfield previously revealed next season’s episodes might feature runtimes around 80 minutes long, 20 minutes longer than usual, though the majority of seventh season will remain at standard length, with the season 7’s final two episodes running 71 and 82 minutes long, respectively. At this time, HBO and the series’ showrunners are figuring out how long it will take them to film season 8, and based on that determination, Game of Thrones‘ final season may either premiere in 2018 or 2019.

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Game of Thrones season 7 continues next Sunday with ‘The Queen’s Justice’ @ 9pm on HBO.

Source: The Wrap

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