It was just announced today that it will be 2020.
While Game of Thrones fans finally got confirmation that the final season of the HBO series won’t be airing until next year, there’s reason to take heart. This may be the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, but the Game of Thrones universe is set to continue with at least one spinoff series. Indeed, we learned a while ago that HBO had begun work developing five separate Game of Thrones spinoff shows, some of which are prequels, some of which are spinoffs, and some of which are based directly on material from author George R.R. Martin. But when, exactly, will we see these Game of Thrones spinoffs? Well, in true Thrones fashion, you’re gonna have to wait.
Speaking at the TCA’s yesterday to THR, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed that there are no plans to drop a Game of Thrones spinoff close to the debut date of Game of Thrones Season 8—the earliest we’ll see one of these new series is 2020:
This is a smart move by HBO. It ensures that subscribers will have to come back the following year for more Game of Thrones content, and will hopefully stick around to check out whatever other material HBO has on tap to air in the wake of Game of Thrones’ swan song.
Martin is co-writing at least two of the Game of Thrones spinoffs currently in the works, and the writers that have been announced as developing these separate projects are Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Stardust), Max Borenstein (Godzilla), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), Carly Wray (Mad Men), and Bryan Cogman, who’s been writing on Game of Thrones since the first season. Game of Thrones showrunners/creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are not involved in these spinoffs.
But while the first spinoff won’t air until 2020, we’ll likely get some clarity on which one (or two, or three) gets the greenlight before then. These are big shows that take a long time to make, so the odds are pretty good that once the final season of Game of Thrones is airing, the first spinoff may already be in production.
We’ll find out in due time, but for now check out our own suggestions for what stories these spinoffs should tell right here.
How would people feel if this is how Game Of Thrones ended?
Lol, at least we wouldn’t have to wait anymore!!!
It’ll probably just be Bob Newhart waking up from another dream.
Final season premier is confirmed for April 14th.
You don’t have to read French to know what that means. Just in case, what the OCSTV representative said is that, according to what HBO last told them, the first two episodes of season eight will be an hour long , which is par for the course for Game of Thrones in terms of long-ish episodes… while the final four episodes will be about 80 minutes —as long as the longest episodes yet, last season’s finale, The Dragon and the Wolf .
Obviously, these are not official running times. In the coming months, as HBO adds the final episodes to their online schedule, we’ll learn their actual length, but in the meantime these are the closest approximations we’ve gotten yet. Though I’m sure final edits will result in changes, and the OCSTV rep was giving us round numbers anyway, not exact figures, if they hold more or less true it means the final season will be as long as season seven, at 7 hours 20 minutes , despite that one comprising seven episodes instead of six, amongst which were the two longest yet in Game of Thrones
The guy that plays Jon Snow made a remark that each episode was like filming a movie, so I’m only surprised that the first two may be the standard one hour episodes.
Good! They already shorted the number of epi’s so longer is good
Its been so long I need to watch last season again so its all fresh in my mind by then
I am rewatching the entire series. Only watched it the first time, so there’s a lot I am picking up now primarily cause I was just trying to keep up while watching the first time thru. And I haven’t read the books so the characters needed a little development. I’m a couple episodes into season 2 so I think I have enough time before season 8 comes out.
Back in January, we got a rough idea of the running time for each episode from the French TV network that airs the show: the first two episodes would be about an hour long, while the final four would be around 80 minutes. Though the schedule largely corroborates this, there are two exceptions, as the first episode, at 54 minutes, falls a bit short of being “an hour long”, and episode three is 60 minutes long, not 80:
Episode 1 probably has a good 5-7 min recap of the series plus the intro which is 2 and change, but the run time of the good part of the show is 54mins
I’m so excited for the last season. Wife and I are catching up as well and there’s just so much little detail you forget. Just about a month remaining!
When the running times for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones were revealed on HBO’s schedule a few days ago, the length of the third episode came as a bit of a surprise to us. Though every other episode was just as long as we reported months ago, that third episode was a great exception, as the schedule said it would run for only 60 minutes, not the previously reported 80. Now the schedule has been updated, and would you believe the original report was wrong… but in the opposite direction?
When Orange Cinéma Séries ‘s representative claimed the first two episodes would run for an hour and be followed by four 80 minutes episodes, we were jubilant. When the official HBO schedule fell a bit short of those numbers, especially for the third episode, not so much—though a lot can be done in 60 minutes and I’m sure it would’ve been a great battle regardless, there’s no denying 20 minutes can make a big difference.
However, now it appears the the third episode data was merely a placeholder. The new schedule not only corroborates the original report but slightly improves upon it:
At 82 minutes , season eight’s third entry, which will be all about the Battle of Winterfell teased in the trailer, is the longest Game of Thrones episode ever. As of right now, the longest aired episode is the season seven finale, The Dragon and the Wolf , with a running time of 80 minutes that will soon be matched by the final two episodes of season eight. The updated schedule places this mid-season battle episode above even them:
- Episode 1: 54 minutes
- Episode 2: 58 minutes
- Episode 3: 82 minutes
- Episode 4: 78 minutes
- Episode 5: 80 minutes
- Episode 6: 80 minutes
With the season being 22 minutes longer than we were led to believe for a few days, it appears the average season eight episode will be 72 minutes , which is longer than every single aired episode except season seven’s The Dragon and the Wolf