Game of Thrones season 8
Your 2018 viewing plans just went up in smoke. Photo: HBO

It was reported some time back that Game of Thrones season 8 might only air in 2019, thanks to its production schedule. Now, Liam Cunningham a.k.a. Ser Davos Seaworth appears to have confirmed this.

Speaking to TV Guide, Cunningham said that the shooting schedule, which typically lasts for six months and wraps in December, will go beyond that:

“[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer. We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

Cunningham, whom we interviewed earlier this year, has seen his own role on the show become increasingly pivotal. But with fewer and longer episodes in Game of Thrones season 8, and a highly problematic season 7, we are seriously concerned that our favourite high fantasy epic is rushing headlong towards a hasty conclusion.

There’s lots of things season 8 needs to fix (see our analysis) if it wants to live up to the high standards it has set over the past seven seasons. Here’s hoping it gets the send off it deserves.

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