Sophie Turner has some extremely bad news about the 'Game of Thrones' season eight premiere
Game of Thrones fans are used to bad news. We watch a show where an adorable little girl gets burned alive, a cocky lothario gets castrated and royal weddings end with the tossing of confetti. Wait, did I say the tossing of confetti? I mean the stabbing of pregnant mothers in the belly. I always get those two confused.
And if you read the books, you're really suffering. George R.R. Martin started A Song Of Ice And Fire in the 90's, and based on his glacial writing place, will never complete the last two books. When it comes to torture, Ramsay Bolton has nothing on good old George!
Fans would love for HBO's epic fantasy show to go on forever, but sadly, all things besides The Simpsons must come to an end. The upcoming eighth season will be its last. Perhaps that's for the best. It's nice when TV shows go out on top.
However, it's hard not to be disappointed in the episode count. The first six seasons of Game of Thrones were ten episodes. The seventh season was seven episodes, and while great, felt incredibly rushed. The eighth season will only be six episodes. Even if some of them are feature-length, I worry there won't be enough time to wrap everything up, or show every actor totally nude. We must see everyone nude!
Now some intriguing information has leaked. Actor Jason Momoa - aka Aqua-Man from Justice League, aka Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones Season One - visited the set of Season 8 to catch up with his old pals. He posted adorable photos and learned tantalizing secrets, telling his followers the final season is "amazing" and will "f--k up a lot of people!"
Pretty exciting, right? Well, in true Game of Thrones fashion, as soon as you hear good news, Cersei Lannister kisses you and spits the "Long Farewell" poison down your throat in the same manner you poison-kissed her teenage daughter.
Actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, and defends Mike Wheeler, recently did an interview with Variety Magazine. She said her favorite scene from Season 7 was when Sansa killed her devious, self-appointed guardian, Littlefinger, although the moment was bittersweet because actor Aiden Cullen was her mentor. Then the conversation shifts to season 8, and Sophie drops some bad news: Production on the season has only just begun, making it impossible for Season 8 to come out until 2019.
"We started [production] in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through. [Laughs.] No, no, we’ve got six or seven months left...Game of Thrones comes out in 2019.
[My new X-Men movie] Dark Phoenix is in November. Then I have a couple indie movies coming out. I’m a producer on my next movie [Girl Who Fell From the Sky]. So I’m really excited about the future."
We're excited for the future, too, Sophie, but does it have to be so far away?!
Some speculate the delay has to due with its exotic filming locations. They have to shoot during winter, because on the show, winter has come. However, Entertainment Weekly speculates it's all about the awards:
"Since Game of Thrones season 7 aired last summer, the show is competing in the 2018 Emmy awards, which air next fall — which allows HBO to focus GoT publicity efforts on its Emmy campaign next year rather than promoting a new season at the same time."
Well, if there's an Emmy for "Best Show That Tortures Its Fans," we know who'll win!