Based on this "Game of Thrones" schedule talk, it sounds like at least one beloved character will make it to the final season.

On the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet, Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) was asked if there's pressure on the cast and crew to keep the standard high into Season 7, since the show has become so successful:

"It's a constant pressure. But I suppose the more eyes that you get on this beast, you can't rest on your laurels. It's going to be extraordinary. We're still filming [Season 7]. We don't finish filming until the end of next month. That's seven episodes, and then we start again in September and there's a final six [in Season 8]."

We return in September. "We." So Ser Davos should survive Season 7 into Season 8, no? It's not a given that he would -- likable supporting characters tend to fall by the wayside on this show, just ask Ser Barristan and Hodor -- but this sounds hopeful.

This is not the first time we're hearing about six episodes for the final season. Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) recently said the same thing, and that was the rumor released a long time ago. HBO has yet to confirm -- they've yet to say anything about Season 8 -- but lock in six episodes.

Here's Cunningham sharing more of his own filming schedule -- "I'm doing a little bit next week" -- and adding that he'd love to be involved in a GoT prequel/spinoff:

Iain Glen recently talked about how they're spending the same amount of time making GoT Season 7's seven episodes as they did for the past seasons's 10 episodes. (He also said there's a total of 15 hours left to the show in the next two shortened seasons, which would suggest some supersized episodes.)

HBO is usually done filming by now, starting over the summer and finishing up before the new year. This year, they started filming Season 7 in late August/early September, took a brief break for the holidays, and now they're back at it until the end of February. It's possible they'll do the same for Season 8's six episodes, especially if they start in September, to take advantage of more fall/winter weather.

Previous seasons premiered in the spring on HBO. Season 7 will premiere this summer. Season 8 may premiere in the summer of 2018, although we're still waiting on an official Season 7 premiere date, so it's way too early to set a premiere date for Season 8.

Before you go, here's another video from the Golden Globes red carpet, with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) saying "conflict" is a key word for Season 7:

[via: Watchers on the Wall, Instagram]

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Game of Thrones
HBOTVMAApril 17, 2011
Based on 25 critics

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