Game of Thrones Season 8 Airing in Early 2019; Prequel Pilot filming the Same Year
The next and final chapter of the original Game of Thrones TV series will air in 2019 while its prequel series pilot will also film that year. Game of Thrones: Season 8 will begin airing on HBO in early 2019. The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association’s press tour by HBO Programming President Casey Bloys. His exact words were that Game of Thrones: Season 8 will air in the “first half” of 2019. Game of Thrones: Season 1 premiered on April 17, 2011, Season 2 premiered on April 1, 2012, and Season 3 premiered on March 31, 2013. Because of trend, it can be extrapolated that Game of Thrones: Season 8 will premiere between March – April 2019.
The Game of Thrones prequel TV series pilot, set during the Age of Heroes, thousand of years before Game of Thrones, will go into production some time in 2019. Since a director and cast have to be selected for the pilot (and their availability confirmed), the 2019 start date is quicker than some may have been expecting. This may have to do with the behind-the-scenes crew of Game of Thrones. By setting a production year, one right around the corner, HBO is able to lock in that seasoned Game of Thrones crew with a new contract for the prequel TV series pilot (so that new people will not have to be brought in).
The story for the spin-off and the spin-off itself were created by George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman.
George R.R. Martin, Jane Goldman, Vince Gerardis, and Daniel Zelman will serve as executive producers on the prequel pilot episode. Goldman will be the show’s showrunner if a series is ordered from the pilot episode.
Game of Thrones: Season 7 starred Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Jim Broadbent, Tom Hopper, Megan Parkinson, Ed Sheeran, Pilou Asbaek, Rory McCann, Hannah Murray, Aidan Gillen, Sophie Turner, Richard Dormer, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ben Crompton, Diana Rigg, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Indira Varma, and John Bradley.
Additions for Game of Thrones‘ cast during Season 8 included Megan Parkinson, Harry Grasby, and Seamus O’Hara.
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