Even though last season on Game Of Thrones was shorter than the others, it seemed to take an eternity for us to get to the good stuff, and that’s (SPOILER ALERT) Jon Snow (aka Kit Harington) taking Aunt Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to pound town. While we all kinda sickeningly rooted for some incest to rock the headboard, we’re going to be waiting a long ass time to see what happens the morning after. As in, no new episodes until 2019.
Entertainment Weekly says HBO confirmed the six-episode eighth and final season of its most popular series won’t air until next year because it’s such a process to get everything just right. The hiatus between last season and the upcoming one is the longest break ever between seasons. The delay is not necessarily a bad thing for HBO, as it gives them time to focus on campaigning for the show to sweep the 2018 Emmy Awards (the timing of the show last year meant it wasn’t a contender until this year’s Emmys). It also gives them a second shot at boosting the profile of Westworld, which many think is HBO’s play for post-GOT ratings success.
While Facebook was a pain to go on yesterday with my newsfeed being split between people here in Boston floating dumpsters through downtown with the snow flood and nerds losing their shit over this hiatus, HBO isn’t helping matters! EW makes a good point in saying January 2019 is very different than December 2019, and the network refused to clarify exactly when new episodes would be ready. Most people think springtime is the logical timing since that’s when most of the other seasons came out. The new season is expected to cost around $15 million per episode, and former GOT actor Jason Momoa described the new season:
“It’s going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people.”
So $15 million of orgies, aunt fucking, sister fucking, dragon fucking, and zombie fucking? Sounds like money well spent.