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With each passing season, the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones has kept fans snooping around for the next episode. Season 7 ended with a shattered Wall by the White Walkers and the Night King taking a flight on his dead dragon. The finale episode also featured big unboxing of a dead walker at the Dragon pit reuniting all the kingdoms. Or maybe not?
Game of Thrones fans are settling in for their own Long Night in the coming months, waiting for the smash-hit fantasy’s final season not set to return until 2019. It’s biggest gap between episodes we’ve seen since the HBO drama began in 2011.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners of "Game of Thrones", explained why the eighth and final season of the show is taking a long time, saying it was the "biggest thing" they have ever done.
The writer-producers said though the last installment of the HBO series has only six episodes, the fans will soon get to know why it took them forever to shoot, reported EW.
"The final season's taking a long time because it's the biggest thing we've ever done. It was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or actually shooting it.
"I think when people see it they're going to understand why it took so long. The last season is far beyond what we've ever attempted before,? Benioff told reporters backstage at Primetime Emmy Awards.
"GOT" bagged its third Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Monday after winning in 2015 and 2016. The show won total nine trophies, the highest, at the award ceremony, including a third win for Peter Dinklage in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Author George RR Martin added that he wanted the series to go longer.
We could've gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.
"There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they're the ones actually working on it," Martin told Variety.
"GOT" recently wrapped filming its final season after getting underway late last year. Part of the extra time was for a battle sequence, which is being touted as by far the most elaborate the show has ever filmed.
The show is expected to premiere in the first half of next year.
Actress Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark has described the ending as “incredibly emotional” and “very satisfying,” while Kit Harington also said it made him “really emotional. And that he cried at the end!” he told Alex Jones and Ricky Wilson on The One Show.
If the White Walkers can happily spend eight years walking very slowly towards the South, we can handle a few extra months!