Behind the scenes at the Emmys, Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff opened up about why Season 8 will not come out until next year. The co-producers accepted an Emmy for best drama and assured fans that they will understand why the final season took so long once it comes out on HBO in 2019.
Backstage, Benioff told reporters that Season 8 of Game of Thrones is the biggest thing they have done on the show to date. The cast and crew worked for a year in Belfast prepping sets and filming scenes.
Although waiting for over a year is a major downer for fans, Benioff promised that everything will become clear once fans watch the final season.
“The last season is far beyond what we’ve ever attempted before,” Benioff teased.
Game of Thrones did not finish filming Season 8 until late this summer. One reason it took so long is because a major battle scene took well over a month to film. The battle is the most intricate and ambitious thing the producers have done, even outdoing the incredible Battle of the Bastards in Season 6.
According to Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin also talked about the lengthy filming process during an appearance on the red carpet. The Game of Thrones author admitted that he wanted the show to go on for at least 10, maybe 13 seasons.
Benioff and Weiss, however, never wanted it to go beyond seven seasons and had to be convinced to churn out an eighth, which will be comprised of only six episodes.
Game of Thrones had another insanely successful year at the Emmys. The fantasy drama took home the award for best drama series, its third Emmy in that category. The series won best drama in 2015 and 2016 but was not in the running last year because the premiere date fell outside of the eligibility date. Peter Dinklage also won an Emmy for his part as Tyrion Lannister.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones will hopefully premiere in April of 2019.