HBO programming president Casey Bloys discusses the long awaited trailer for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the length for the last six episodes…
The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is nearly upon us with the debut coming on Sunday night, April 14.
The most popular and watched show in HBO history is expected to break all sorts of viewership records with the last six episodes that will roll out starting in April as ‘Game of Thrones’ sadly comes to an end.
While the season is now officially less than two months away, the one thing that hasn’t been revealed yet is an actual trailer for the final six episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and apparently that’s not by accident.
Chances are with or without a trailer, tens of millions of fans from around the globe are going to be ready to watch on April 14 but HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirms that editing is ongoing for a final season trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’.
The only problem is he still doesn’t know exactly when it will debut.
“All in the works. I can’t reveal the dates,” Bloys said during the Television Critics Association press tour. “I’ve seen a cut. I don’t know if I’ve seen a finished one.”
Perhaps one of the biggest questions surrounding the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is the episode length for those final six installments.
There have been multiple teases that every episode in the final season will go beyond the one hour mark with rumors swirling that several installments may almost be full feature length films when they air on HBO.
Well, Bloys was forced to pass along some somewhat sad news while confirming that not all of the ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes coming in the final season will go beyond the one hour mark.
“They are not all feature-length episodes. Some are to time, some are longer. They’re still editing,” Bloys confirmed.
As far as what comes next after ‘Game of Thrones’ is finished, HBO has already ordered a pilot for the upcoming prequel show developed by Jane Goldman and series creator George R.R. Martin that will take place thousands of years earlier than the current story on the main series.
While HBO had several ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff projects commissioned, this is the only one that is currently expected to go into production but that doesn’t mean the network wouldn’t invest in future series down the road.
“Some we have moved on from. Some are still in development.” Bloys stated. “Nothing has been decided about the prequel [title], other than we hope to start shooting early summer.”
The original tease for the prequel was the name ‘The Long Night’, which referenced a dark period in Westeros history when winter lasted for more than a generation and some children were born, lived and died without ever seeing the sun. This was also the period of time when the White Walkers first descended into the known world and engaged in a battle of the living against the dead.
Naomi Watts was cast in the lead role for the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel with the rest of the cast also confirmed with filming now expected to start this summer.
The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will land on HBO on April 14.