Game of Thrones season 8: HBO defends premiere date, shares spinoff details

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We're still coming to grips with the fact HBO is making us wait until 2019 for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, but we'd rather them get the endgame right, even if the delay will feel less like a year than an eternity.

"There is not going to be anything in any scenario where we have any sort of prequel air for at least a year after that", HBO president Casey Bloys told Deadline at TCA. He continued, "We're not using the final season to launch a new show or anything like that". We learned a year ago that 5 Game of Thrones spinoffs are in the works, though only one is likely to make it to air. "We want some separation there". "The reality of how ambitious these productions are and how sought after some of the creators are, it means you're going to have longer cycles", says FX chairman John Landgraf, who previously let Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover take a year off to play Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story before the series returns in March.

"There is no set timetable for these projects".

The head of HBO has discussed the possibility of there being a Game Of Thrones revival in the years to come. "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all out development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in". I love to have a show that people want to know this much about. But don't expect the last season of Game Of Thrones to be used to tee off a prequel.

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The scripts are being worked on and it's thought only one or two will be made into a pilot which could then be picked up for a full series.

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In 2017, HBO announced deals with four writers - Carly Wray, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Max Borenstein - for a spinoff series. Find out everything we know about season 8 here.

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