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Season 8 Of Game Of Thrones Could Be Airing A Lot Later Than We Think

Game of Thrones fans will have to be patient for a little bit longer as it has been rumoured that series 8 could air in the first half of 2019.

Earlier this year it was speculated we'd be reunited with Jon Snow in April 2019 but a representative from HBO told the Huffington Post that an air date hasn't actually been announced, so it could be an even longer wait.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO President Casey Bloys said the show will air in the first half of 2019 but no official date has been confirmed.

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This means the show will qualify for the Emmy Awards in 2019 and after their 22 nominations at the 2018 awards this seems likely as a series must air between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 to qualify.

So if HBO wanted the final season of Game Of Thrones to be considered in the next Emmys, it would have to air before the end of May.

The final episode of Season 7 aired on 27th August 2017, meaning fans have been left without a new episode for a whole year.

However, visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer has discussed the possibility that the final season will be eligible for the 2020 Emmys meaning the release date could be even later than what Casey Bloys suggested.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

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He said: "In two years we'll be eligible for the season 8 work, which we're just beginning now.

"We're going to be toiling away on season 8 until May of 2019, so it's eight or nine months away.

"But the prequel is starting to shoot in February, at least the pilot. So, we'll still have quite a lot to do on season 8 when they're beginning.

"So much of it comes down to timing and all that stuff. The situation changes every week. I know I'm not doing anything else but 'Thrones' until May of next year."

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

To keep fans happy HBO released a teaser for the new series where viewers can see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) give his sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a good quick, hug.

Hopefully winter comes a lot sooner than is rumoured.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV News, TV Entertainment, Game of Thrones

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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