The much-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones will not premiere until April next year, according to Arya Stark actor, Maisie Williams. The conclusion to HBO's epic fantasy drama was previously confirmed to begin in 2019, but a month wasn't specified at the time.
The show's seventh season ended with startling scenes last summer, and fans were in agony once they were told they would have to wait until 2019 to see how the story continues. But in a recent interview with Metro about her upcoming film Early Man, Williams spoke about the show's current status.
Maisie Williams On 'Game of Thrones' Season 8
"We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April," said Williams, who also addressed the delay, saying that the show shouldn't be rushed. "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."
The Fate Of Arya Stark
Asked what conclusion would she like for her character, Arya Stark, Williams said she wanted for her to find peace.
"The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that's accompanied her on this journey. I'd love for her to be happy."
Every Game of Thrones fan in the planet is probably thirsty for new episodes — that's why HBO announced the disappointing gap between season seven and eight as gently as possible so as not to frustrate audiences. But like Williams argues, a show like Game of Thrones, which most recently won Outstanding Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, should not be rushed.
Creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are obviously working tremendously hard to deliver an excellent wrap-up to Game of Thrones, and if their multiple Emmys are any indication, it's going to be one hell of a show when it returns next April.
Tyrion Lannister actor, Peter Dinklage, recently confirmed that the upcoming is season is halfway through filming, which if true contradicts Williams's time frame. As always, take the comments with a grain of salt. HBO isn't commenting, either — as typical of the secretive network.
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