With her HBO contract winding to a gradual close, Sophie Turner has joined the X-Men saga in the role of Jean Grey, aka Dark Phoenix. But with the first chapter of the new mutant franchise now in post-production, the actor seems to have turned her attention back to Game of Thrones.
Speaking to Variety, the 21-year-old confirmed what we had all feared for the fantasy show's finale: season eight will definitely not be airing until 2019.
While we all had lingering suspicions, nothing had been made official – either by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, or HBO – up to this point. Turner also revealed that, at this stage, the cast is still signed up for another six or seven months of shooting.
A relatively long filming period, compared to previous seasons, it seems the production team is determined to create perfection which, of course, is no bad thing.
As a reminder, the eighth season of Game of Thrones also boasts a colossal per-episode budget of around $15 million for each installment. According to the latest, the team behind the series has also planned out several endings to prevent any leaks of those pesky leaks that have haunted the show for seasons now.
So while 2018 looks to be a bit of a waiting game, 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting TV years in recent times with the last ever season of GoT to be accompanied by a wave of blockbuster-inspired series, including the Lord of the Rings adaptation.
Have patience, dear friends.