The seventh season of Game of Thrones was delayed for months because of production, and the eight and final season may be delayed for even longer.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys hinted that the eighth season (only six episodes long) might not air until 2019, in a recent interview.

Discussing why showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss aren’t going to be involved in any spinoff series in a major way, Bloys said, “By the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years.”

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When asked, “So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and / or in 2019 depending on their needs?” Bloys responded, “Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”

HBO seems to be taking its good time with its best work. Westworld was also widely appreciated, and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy confirmed after the first season of the show ended in 2016 that it would be at least another year and a half before Westworld returned

The seventh season of Game Of Thrones will premiere on the 16th of July, so enjoy when it comes because it might be a while till the next season.