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'Game Of Thrones' Final Series May Not Be Aired Until 2019

'Game Of Thrones' Final Series May Not Be Aired Until 2019

Bad news for fans of the show.

Game of Thrones' final season may not air until 2019, according to HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

Discussing why show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss aren't going to be involved in any spinoffs, Bloys told "By the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years."

HBO didn't order the pilot of Game of Thrones until November 2008, and production didn't begin until October 2009 meaning that the '12 years' comment doesn't make a whole lot of sense, at least if you're assuming the show is going to finish in 2018.

Credit: HBO/Game of Thrones

Sensing the time frame was off, the interviewer then asked: "So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and / or in 2019 depending on their needs?"

To which Bloys responded: "Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We'll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing."

Which doesn't sound good at all.

On a lighter note, it looks like there are definitely going to be some Game of Thrones spin-offs.

Credit: HBO/Game of Thrones

In early May, HBO confirmed that it had deals with four writers - Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale), and Carly Wray (Mad Men) - to "explore different time periods of Martin's vast and rich universe. There is no set timetable for these projects. We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in."

GOT co-creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, have previously said that they do not plan to be in any follow-up projects, but it's also been announced that they will be attached to the new shows as executive producers.

Credit: HBO/Game of Thrones

HBO said in a statement: "Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season.

"We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R.R. Martin, as executive producers on all producers."

HBO also said that it will support them as they take a break once the final season is complete.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Game of Thrones

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