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Delayed Release Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Means An Earlier Launch Of ‘Winds Of Winter’

By Rae Mendez , Jun 24, 2017 06:37 AM EDT
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HBO has slated “Game of Thrones” Season 7 to air next month and it’s clearly right on schedule. However, it seems like the final season of the highly acclaimed series might see a delay as it waits for George R.R. Martin to finish his latest “Game of Thrones” novel, “The Winds of Winter”.

Everyone is expecting for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 to release next year since that’s what the press release said before. However, new reports reveal that the final season of the said HBO show might be postponed to 2019. HBO programming president Casey Bloys already hinted on this, saying that the production has yet to work on the schedule as well as the script.

Rumor has it that the delay is also because the production wanted to give author George R.R. Martin enough time to release his awaited sequel novel, “The Winds of Winter”. Martin has planned on releasing the said novel this year but with all the commitments that have been popping up, he has decided to set aside its writing once again. There was even news that it will be published as soon as “Game of Thrones” Season 7 ends but it seems farfetched now that Martin is also working on the possible successor shows. Fans have aired their frustrations and Martin is very aware of it.

With the most likely delay of “Game of Thrones” Season 8, many are speculating that Martin might just actually release “The Winds of Winter” next year. Though the writer has not given any new updates on the planned release date, all are hoping that it would be sooner. Meanwhile, despite news that the final season of “Game of Thrones” is getting pushed a year behind, it seems like they’re already preparing for the filming.

Cast revealed that the shooting for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 will take place as soon as the seventh season ends but reports say they’ll start in spring 2018. It has been revealed that production has set to film in Spain for the final season. “Game of Thrones” Season 7 will premiere on July 16.

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