"Game of Thrones" Season 8 is the final season, and it will have six episodes, and somewhere out there, the series finale script is already complete.
*ACCIO, THAT SCRIPT!*
How will the story end? We won't know for a long time, but the showrunners and two other writers are finished writing Season 8, and are now in the process of storyboarding the episodes to determine how long that shoot will need to be.
The Season 8 premiere script was written by Dave Hill, with Bryan Cogman writing Episode 2. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote the final four episodes.
HBO boss Casey Bloys told reporters at the Television Critics Association:
"It's a big season. They're trying to get a sense of how long it's going to take them to shoot this."
Because they don't know that yet, they also don't know if Season 8 will air in 2018 or have to wait for 2019. Bloys said they also don't know how long each episode will be, despite rumors that the final six could end up being feature-length.
Bloys also dodged some spinoff talk because he wanted to focus on the final seasons of "Game of Thrones." He reiterated that they won't be traditional spinoffs -- with characters from the current show spinning off to their own series -- but said we won't see anything on air any sooner than a year after the "Game of Thrones" series finale.
"What I don't want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think it's best to separate it, and that's what we'll do."
Season 7 continues with Episode 3, "The Queen's Justice," this Sunday, July 30 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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