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The new series of 'Game of Thrones' usually starts in April, but this year's won't commence until 17th July. But if you think that's a long wait, you're not going to like this news.

Series eight might not air until early 2019, according to HBO – that would be close to a year later than expected. The US network's programming president Casey Bloys said it depends on the needs of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

"By the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years," Bloys said. "Which is an amazing fact.

"They didn't go and do movies in between seasons, they didn't set anything else up, they put everything – and are putting everything – into this show. They came into HBO with an idea for a show with a beginning, middle, and end, and they want to see it through."

Asked if this could mean series eight – the final season – could slip to 2019, he said: "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."

He also mentioned the four spinoff shows the network has planned.

The next show in the Thrones universe won't overlap with the main show, he said. "The show that Dan and David have created will get its proper send-off first," he added.

"We wouldn't want to take away from that in any way."



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