The Release Date Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Is Going To Be A Lot Later Than People Think

Ned Stark may have been wrong, winter might not be coming as soon as we previously thought.

Game of Thrones fans, you might want to hold on to your seats as season 8 of the long-awaited series may not be hitting screens until mid 2019.

Earlier this year, it was rumoured we'd see our next dose of Jon Snow by April 2019, but a rep from HBO told Huffpost an airdate for Game Of Thrones hasn't actually been announced - gutted. So, it's probably not best to hold your breath waiting for it.

Devastatingly, fans of the show have been without a new episode for almost a whole year.

HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, said the show would be premiering in the first half of 2019.

This means the show will qualify for the Emmy Awards in '19. A series must air between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.

So if HBO wanted the final season of Game Of Thrones to be considered in the next Emmys, GOT would have to air before the end of May.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

After a successful 22 nominations in the 2018 Emmys, it seems likely, at this point, this would be the way HBO would want to go.

Though our night's watch for April may have ended, we can still get a bit excited that dates are narrowing down - even if just a little bit.

Unfortunately, in contradiction to this, in an interview with HuffPost, Game of Thrones visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer discussed the show's Emmy hopes as well as its future eligibility.

"In two years we'll be eligible for the Season 8 work, which we're just beginning now," he said.

What? According to Bauer, the show will be eligible for the 2020 Emmys, not the 2019 Emmys, meaning it would be airing the most of its expected six episodes after the 2019 cutoff.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

"We're going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019, so it's eight or nine months away," he added. "But the prequel is starting to shoot in February, at least the pilot. So, we'll still have quite a lot to do on Season 8 when they're beginning."

Bauer said he's blocked off his schedule until next May for Game Of Thrones effects work.

He added: "So much of it comes down to timing and all that stuff. The situation changes every week. I know I'm not doing anything else but 'Thrones' until May of next year."

In order to keep fans happy, for a while, HBO has released a short teaser - but the snippet is really one where if you blink you'll miss it.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

Eagle-eyed viewers can see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) give his sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a good quick, hug.

The sweetness, beside from Sansa's now-signature steely glare, starts at 1:10 with the caption "Final Season".

And for any sceptics this isn't the same hug from their Castle Black reunion, according to Entertainment Weekly.

At this point we're all just keeping watch for the white crow - a true sign winter is coming, after all.

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is journalist from West Cumbria, recently moved to Manchester for an exciting opportunity at LADbible. She used to work as an editor of a small newspaper, in Cumbria. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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