Winter May Last Longer Than You Ever Dreamed, and Those Game of Thrones Prequels Are Not Coming for Years

You know how we were all excited about winter finally arriving? Well, I hope you’re wearing layers and have a good fire base, because it turns out that Game of Thrones‘ long war is going to last much longer than we’d ever dreamed.

Yep, it looks like HBO is pulling a Breaking Bad/Mad Men split-the-final-season-with-a-long-break kind of deal, and lest you thought maybe they’d pop one of those possible prequels George is working on (instead of say … a long awaited book) somewhere in between Seasons 7 and 8, HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys is here to dispel that notion as well.

I should probably let him explain in his own words. Asked if — because David Benioff and Dan Weiss want to create a very cinematic final six episodes — the last season could air sometime in 2018 or 2019, 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 …One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show.”

As for the prequels, he made it very clear that almost nothing has happened other than discussion thus far, and more importantly, there can be no expectation of a prequel riding in on the tail of Game of Thrones. In fact, out of respect for the original series, the network wants any prequels to keep their distance.

I want to put the prequels in context … I wanted to make sure fans know this is a really embryonic process. I haven’t even seen outlines. In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on. The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Also, this is a long-term plan …

… You’re not going to see a situation where the next show in the Thrones universe launches off the back of this one. The show that Dan and David have created will get its proper send off first. We wouldn’t want to take away from that in any way.”

Bloys also confirmed that because they’ve been solely doing GoT for 12 years and want to enjoy any new prequel(s) as fans, the showrunners will not in any way be involved in the prequels.

We were hoping to have their names on it out of respect for them, but we understand why they don’t want that.”

You can read all Bloys’ comments and clarifications at EW; he did at least end with an encouraging quote:

I don’t want to oversell, but I can’t imagine anybody being disappointed in this season. It’s amazing.”

Game of Thrones Season 7 (seven episodes) airs on HBO beginning July 16th.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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