Game of Thrones season 8 won't air until 2019, though that's still nothing like the delay between books as fans wait for Martin to finish the sixth in the series. HBO original programming president Casey Bloys revealed in an interview with IndieWire that the network will give the original show at least a year of buffer time before any more debut. We don't want to use it launch [a new series].
He also confirmed that there will be no existing Game of Thrones characters featuring, though "there may be [familiar] bloodlines". Spending more than a year to make just six episodes has to be some kind of industry record, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have always been determined to increase the series' spectacle every season and deliver a final run that satisfies even its most demanding fans.
He told TVLine: "Should we go forward and make a pilot and a series, nothing would air on HBO until at least a year after Game of Thrones ends. But if you ask me, 'Would I rather have Game of Thrones back earlier or would I rather have it be good?' I'd would rather have it be good". But after HBO greenlit a new season set in the Ozarks last fall (and cast Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo), there was some hope that maybe we'd get the new season in 2018. "We have some really talented writers working on them". I've seen some exciting material.
"Here's what I'll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality".
The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could.
If you didn't know about Big Little Lies before awards season, you probably have heard about it by now considering the show has been sweeping up awards like it's no tomorrow. "It's quite a sudden shift, I guess, but it feels like the right time".