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Game of Thrones creators explain why its final season is taking so long

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said the final season was taking time because they were going for quality over quantity. The eighth season will have only six episodes and is expected to premiere before June next year.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: September 20, 2018 12:42:59 pm
game of thrones photos Game of Thrones recently won Best Drama award at the Emmys 2018.

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners of Game of Thrones, explained why the eighth and final season of the show is taking a long time, saying it was the “biggest thing” they have ever done.

The writer-producers said though the last instalment of the HBO series has only six episodes, the fans will soon get to know why it took them forever to shoot, reported EW.

“The final season’s taking a long time because it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done. It was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or actually shooting it.

“I think when people see it they’re going to understand why it took so long. The last season is far beyond what we’ve ever attempted before, Benioff told reporters backstage at Primetime Emmy Awards.

GoT bagged its third Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Monday after winning in 2015 and 2016. The show won total nine trophies, the highest, at the award ceremony, including a third win for Peter Dinklage in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Author George RR Martin added that he wanted the series to go longer.

We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.

“There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it,” Martin told Variety.

GoT recently wrapped filming its final season after getting underway late last year. Part of the extra time was for a battle sequence, which is being touted as by far the most elaborate the show has ever filmed.

The show is expected to premiere in the first half of next year

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