Maisie Williams set the record straight about the release date of Game of Thrones Season 8 and denied reports about an April 2019 premiere.
Williams made headlines days ago when she supposedly revealed in an interview that filming for Season 8 does not finish until December. Likewise, she said that the series returns in April 2019.
Now the young actress, who plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, clarified that the interview happened years ago. She took to her Twitter page to let everyone know about the false information.
Just a tweet letting you know this game of thrones release date "quote" I've supposedly given is completely false and taken from an interview I did years ago.
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) January 30, 2018
Williams' clarification coincides with previous reports that the current plan is for filming to wrap up late July or early August 2018. Still, there may still be a possibility that Season 8 could premiere in April 2019 if filming wraps up months before December.
Likewise, the previous seasons of the HBO series, except Season 3 and 7, premiered in April. Season 7 aired in July and Season 3 came out earlier in March.
Expectations are high that Season 8 is going to have a scale similar to Season 7, or possibly even larger. This means that it is going to take a long time before Game of Thrones returns on screen. Post-production alone could take months to complete. There was a five-month gap after production before Season 7 came out. If Season 8 wraps up filming in August, then there is a possibility that it could premiere in April 2019.
Regardless, Williams' tweet once again puts fans in waiting for an update about the release date of Game of Thrones Season 8. HBO has only confirmed that it premieres in 2019.
On a good note, fans are thankful that Williams set the record straight.
Another Game of Thrones fan said it would not be wise to rush production of Season 8 at the risk of sacrificing quality and content.
"I don't know why people want to rush it to be fair the more time that's spent on the final season means that more care and effort is going into it to make it the best ending," the fan replied to Williams' tweet.
Williams' clarification is a reminder that Game of Thrones fans should not believe any news about the Season 8 release date unless it is official. This means that the announcement should come from showrunners Benioff and D.B. Weiss or from HBO.