With just two episodes left in Game of Thrones Season 7, many are already looking ahead to the eighth and final season of this hit fantasy series. The Game of Thrones final season will span just six episodes. Today, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau revealed in a new interview that he goes back to work on these last few episodes this October. Here's what he had to say about the final season, hinting that he could be receiving the first script very soon.
"I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it's been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what's going to happen that season. But, I don't know what's going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we'll get the scripts and I'll find out. I'm very curious."
The actor made these comments in an interview with Collider, where he was promoting his new film Shot Caller, and just by his revelation alone, we can assume that his character, Jamie Lannister, will at the very least survive to see Game of Thrones Season 8. Whether or not he actually makes it to the very end of the series remains to be seen. While the actor didn't address speculation on whether or not the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere will be pushed to 2019, the site speculated that, if the show follows its regular production schedule, it could be ready by the fall of 2018.
In the first six seasons of Game of Thrones, production spanned roughly six months, from July through December, every year, but that schedule changed with Game of Thrones Season 7. Filming was pushed back to the end of August, since the production required a colder climate because winter has finally come to Westeros, and even though this season had three fewer episodes, they still shot for six months, from the very end of August to the end of February. If the final season continues the same production schedule, that means filming will start in October and end in April 2018, and if it keeps the same post-production schedule, that means the final season could be airing in September 2018.
Then again, it's possible that, even though there will just be six episodes in Game of Thrones Season 8, that the production could be even longer than six months. Last month, a report surfaced that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale clocks in as the longest episode in series history, at a whopping 82 minutes long, although it has since been confirmed to be an 80-minute episode. That was paired with a rumor that the final season will all be comprised of Game of Thrones feature-length episodes, which could all span 80 minutes or more. If that's true, then it's possible the show could have an even longer production schedule, which may in fact force the final season of Game of Thrones into 2019, but that has yet to be confirmed. The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, Beyond the Wall, airs Sunday, August 20 at 9 PM ET on HBO, with the currently-untitled Season 7 finale airing Sunday, August 27 at 9 PM ET on HBO.