We have a long way to go until “Game of Thrones” returns for its eighth and final season. But now, thanks to Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark), we might know what month to expect its return in 2019.
In an interview with the UK publication Metro, Williams said the show would air its first episode of the last season in April 2019.
“We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April ,” she said. “That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.”
So according to Williams, shooting for season eight will end in December 2018, with the season premiere airing sometime in April. Season eight will only have six episodes, but they’ll be feature length. (Season seven aired in the summer of 2017, but the previous six seasons had their premieres in April as well.)
As for Williams’ feelings about the show ending, she told Metro, “It’s going to be really odd not seeing the cast regularly. We all get on so well and we are such a tight-knit group.”
As badly as we want to see what happens, we still don’t want the show to end. But it will, and more characters will probably die, because that’s how “Game of Thrones” works.
In a response to Business Insider’s request for comment, a representative said that HBO can’t confirm an air date or month at this time, only that it is returning in 2019.