HBO announces Game Of Thrones final season to return in 2019!

At last, HBO has confirmed the long-speculated news that its flagship hit series Game of Thrones is taking a year off. The Emmy-winning sensation won’t be back for its final season until 2019.

The revelation means fans will have a longer-than-ever wait for the fantasy drama which has grown its ratings year after year into one of the most popular shows in the world and HBO’s biggest hit of all time.

EW was first to report that GoT might skip 2018 last summer after the show’s showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained they planned to spend a year and a half crafting the show’s final episodes in an effort to make the final hours as spectacular and satisfying as possible (the eighth season, currently in production, is expected to film until this summer).  Then HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed to us that a 2019 date was indeed possible. Since then, star Sophie Turner let slip in a recent interview that she didn’t expect show to come back until next year either.

The delay makes sense for non-creative reasons, as well. As the biggest hit in HBO’s history, one that the subscription service hoped to continue for additional seasons, keeping the show around awhile long isn’t a bad thing. Also, with season 7 contending for Emmy awards in 2018 due to its summer launch last year, HBO can focus its GoT promotional efforts on its Emmy campaign rather than launching a new season. The move also clears a path for the network’s other lavishly produced and acclaimed genre hit, Westworld, which returns for its second season this year after taking its own two-year break.

So now that we know what year GoT will return, the question becomes: Which month in 2019 will Game of Thrones air? After all, it makes a rather huge difference for fans if the show premieres on Jan. 1 vs. Dec. 31.

The next question is when, exactly, GoT will return — after all, a final season airing Jan. 1, 2019 is a rather different for fans than one airing Dec. 31, 2019. HBO is silent on that front. But given that the network opted to air GoT in the spring every year until a longer-than-usual production schedule pushed season 7 to last summer, a return to a spring launch seems logical.

The final season will also defintiely be only six episodes as previously reported. While some episodes may be longer than usual, once again we’re hearing not to expect feature-length episodes throughout the season.

The GoT pushback also gives author George R.R. Martin more runway to potentially release the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, which he teased last summer might be ready in 2018. Given that Martin plans one final book in the series, A Dream of Spring, the HBO series is still expected to reveal its ending of the series before Martin’s version hits bookstores.

As for the final season’s content, so far the GoT team has managed to keep a lid on spoilers with unprecedented behind-the-scenes security. Yet former Thrones actor Jason Momoa was recently visiting the set and teased to EW:  “It’s going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people.”




Kit Harington talks with Entertainment Weekly!

Jon Snow’s tension with Sansa Stark isn’t going away in Game of Thronesseason  7 — if anything, it’s increasing.

“There is definite tension between them right from the first scene,” star Kit Harington tells EW. “There are the same problems — she questions his decisions and command; he doesn’t listen to her. But as far as where that goes or takes them or how dark it can get, we’ll see. It gets past sibling squabbling, it gets into two people power struggling.”

When we last left them, Snow and Sansa (Sophie Turner) had reunited and joined forces to take down Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and reclaim Winterfell. But Petyr Baelish (Adian Gillen) has been trying to poison their relationship, nudging Sansa to consider seizing power for herself.

“It’s a nice change for me this season, he talks more, he’s more sure of himself,” Harington says of his character. “He doesn’t just know what he’s got to do but he’s more sure of what he’s saying — whereas before there was always some fear and doubt. I’ve gotten to enjoy not just grunting.”

As the actor has previously noted, this season also marks a change because Snow and other major characters are getting more screen time despite fewer episodes (due to so many characters having been killed off in recent seasons, plus major characters continuing to come together).

“Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie,” he notes. “Everybody is left is left with more stuff to do. This season is really different than any other season because of the fewer episodes and everything accelerating toward the end. A lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones— it was a plodding slow machine and it’s now turning into a thriller. It’s quite exciting how it ramps up speeds up toward a dangerous climax.”

We also asked the actor his thoughts about the prequel series that HBO is developing. “I think that makes a lot of sense start with a new set of characters,” he said. “There’s so much scope for this story that’s been going for thousands of years. I’m happy to step away from Jon Snow, though I’m still interested in TV.”




Kit Harington to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden!

James Corden is hosting The Late Late Show from London next week, and he’s recruited some notable names for his homecoming.

Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Kit Harington, David Beckham, Emily Blunt, Ed Sheeran, and Jennifer Hudson will be among the British host’s guests, while Harry Styles and Kings of Leon are slated to perform.

The three shows will be broadcast from Central Hall Westminster in London from Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8 at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT on CBS.

The show’s notable bits will receive a “British twist,” and Sheeran will hop in the car with Corden for a Carpool Karaoke segment.





Kit Harington has been nominated for a Critics Choice Award!


Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO)
John Lithgow, The Crown (Netflix)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot (USA)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

The Critics’ Choice Awards will air live Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on A&E.  



HBO announces Seventh Season of Game of Thrones to return in summer of 2017!


Summer is coming.

HBO is officially confirming some major changes for Game of Thrones.

Season 7 of the fantasy sensation will not return until summer 2017 – pushing back from the show’s usual strategy of premiering each edition of the series in the spring (typically April).

Also, the network is confirming for the first time that next edition will consist of seven episodes (a pull back from the show’s usual 10 hours).

Plus, HBO added that the next season will be shot in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland. It’s been a couple years since the Thrones team used Iceland for significant shooting, having primarily used the location for North of the Wall scenes when Jon Snow was embedded with the Wildlings camp.

Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.” 

Benioff and Weiss also recently told the UFC Unfiltered podcast that production was getting a later start this year to film in wintery locations, which prompted speculation that the show’s return date might also be pushed. “We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ — and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.” (Usually the show begins production in July).

The producers have previously told EW they wanted to cap the hit series at 73 hours, with seven episodes next year, and six in an eighth-and-final season. (“We’ve known for several years now how many hours, roughly, we want it to go, it hasn’t changed,” Benioff said.) HBO has not yet confirmed anything about season 8, however, so that part of their plan is not yet official.

Thrones has managed to ratchet up its production values with each season, and having fewer episodes will likely allow more time for the team to polish every hour of the show. The producers have tapped directors Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman for next season.

Thrones season 6 broke HBO ratings records once again with episodes averaging more than 23 million viewers, including streaming, repeats and DVR playback  The drama was also nominated for 23 primetime Emmys last week, more than any of other series for the third year running.




Kit Harington has been nominated for an Emmy!



Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) 
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

You can check out full list of nominees:

Kit Harington talks with Entertainment Weekly!


Jon Snow is back. But the Lord Commander won’t be the same.

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we got behind the scenes of Game of Thrones season 6 with star Kit Harington. Among our questions: How does death change Jon Snow?

While we’re not going to reveal any plot details from Snow’s very dramatic arc this season, Harington did recount a conversation his character has with Melisandre in an upcoming episode (likely from Sunday’s third hour, “Oathbreaker”) that gives some intriguing insight about post-resurrection Jon Snow and suggests what he’ll be like moving forward.

Warning: If you wish to be like Jon Snow and know nothing about his character’s transformation, stop reading now.

At first, I was worried that he’ll wake up and he’s the same, back to normal — then there’s no point in that death,” Harington says. “He needs to change. There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: ‘What did you see?’ And he says: ‘Nothing, there was nothing at all.’ That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of god into him. He’s seen oblivion and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.”

There’s quite a bit to unpack from that revelation. First, it dismisses fan theories that Jon’s consciousness was hanging out in his direwolf Ghost while his body was dead. Second, it suggests Snow is going to be rather haunted by his experience moving forward. And third, it sounds like Snow might rule out being brought back again – which is important, since Melisandre’s power to resurrect him could have otherwise undermined the dramatic stakes for his character (it’s hard to worry about a character being in danger if they can simply get brought back to life). Put another way, Jon Snow is going to be very different than the resurrection-addicted Beric Dondarrion.

For more – much more – check out EW’s current cover story where we chronicle the incredible two-year story of how the actor and the Thrones team killed off Jon Snow, then secretly brought him back to life for the Lord Commander’s greatest season yet.