UPDATE: Thrones will be back in 2019, but maybe not April. “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 wrote, although you could say it should be attributed to… no one.
Season one of Game of Thrones premiered in April. Season two: April. Season three: March (but it was March 31, so basically April). Season four: April. Season five: April. Sensing a trend? Thrones has only premiered outside of April twice in the show’s seven-season history: seasons three and seven, when it debuted in July. With only six episodes left, it looks like HBO is getting nostalgic: in an interview with Metro to promote her new film Early Man, Maisie Williams revealed that season eight will premiere in — yup — April 2019.
“We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April ,” she said. “That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to do this final season to the best of our abilities.” (Interestingly, Williams saying “we wrap in December” goes against Peter Dinklage’s recent claim that season eight is “about halfway through filming.” Filming began in October 2017, so they should be done around April. Hm.)
Season eight will be directed by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, David Nutter, and Miguel Sapochnik, and written by Benioff and Weiss, Bryan Cogman, and Dave Hill. It will have to be the “greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV” to live up to the hype, so, yeah, no pressure.