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In a case where we’ve already had what should have been a long final season split into two short seasons, it now appears that HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones‘ won’t be returning until 2019. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, get ready to hit up all of those comic book movies coming out in 2018 as you won’t be getting your Westeros fix until 2019 according to actress Sophie Turner (‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’). While HBO has yet to confirm or deny that the eighth and final season of the show inspired by George R.R. Martin will be returning in 2018, it doesn’t appear to be the case now.

The news came in a recent interview where Turner stated the horrible news in a short but brutal blow to us all:

“Game of Thrones comes out in 2019.”

This isn’t that surprising as we’ve previously heard that the final six episodes which are currently being shot will film into the summer of 2018. With the level of post-production that the series now has to complete due to the dragons, white walkers, and white walker dragons this really isn’t that much of a surprise – just disappointing.

I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that it will likely gain an extra year of subscriptions for any viewers who are on the fence of continuing watching HBO after the series comes to a close as well as gets the series finale that much closer to the eventual slew of spinoff shows which are already in the works.

Honestly, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss want to make sure ‘Game of Thrones’ goes out with a bang and in order to make it as visually stunning as possible, the duo are taking their time to give us a proper goodbye to all of the surviving cast members that we’ve come to love and whose lives we fear for.

While Turner, of course, couldn’t share any details as to what was happening to make the filming run so long, she did drop a hint at what we could expect for Sansa Stark’s story arc:

“This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it … This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.”

With Winterfell so close to The Wall you could hazard a guess as to what might be marching towards her that could throw her into any kind of a fight.

Are you annoyed that the final season for ‘Game of Thrones’ won’t likely drop until 2019 or are you happy that they’re trying to give us a finale done right? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly.