UPDATE: Corrections abound…
Just a tweet letting you know this game of thrones release date "quote" I've supposedly given is completely false and taken from an interview I did years ago.
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 30, 2018
Well, okay, we know what month. Maisie Williams became everyone’s hero recently. Instead of waiting for whatever silly scheme HBO had cooked up to reveal the premiere date of its fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones, she kindly spilled it in a radio interview so we wouldn’t have to watch another block of ice melt.
Speaking to Metro while promoting her latest film Early Man from the Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit), she revealed that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will finish shooting in December of 2018 and premiere in April of 2019. That puts it back in its traditional spring slot, as opposed to the summer slot it enjoyed for Season 7. It also means the team will spend four months on post-production for six episodes, when, typically, they’d spend that on ten. Read the full quote below:
We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April . That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.
While last season boasted phenomenal production value in episodes like “The Spoils of War” and “Beyond the Wall,” it’s production delay into the summer months had more to do with waiting for exteriors in the U.K. to get to their necessary snowy status, which doesn’t really happen until February/March. By allowing for an extra year between Seasons 7 and 8, they have time to complete shooting and post without pushing into the summer months again.
Premiering in the spring also ensures Thrones’ final season will be eligible for the 2019 Emmy awards. If you’ll recall, there was a serious dearth of nominations for the show during the 2017 Emmys due to the season’s late slot. If Season 7 receives nominations (it will), they’ll be for the 2018 Emmys — if Academy members haven’t forgotten it aired or anything.