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Arya Stark Reveals Season 8 Premiere Date for Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

We may currently be in the long cold winter of the wait for the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the thaw is now in sight.

We have already heard, complained, cribbed and sat in despair after the showrunners of Game of Thrones revealed that the fantasy-action-drama series Game of Thrones will release its final season in 2019, a full two years after the finale episode of season 7. But that wasn’t the worst part as GOT fans didn’t even know the official release date of the season 8 premiere.

However, the long wait is finally over after the HBO show (GOT) star Maisie Williams, who plays the fierce Arya Stark seemingly tipped which month the hit fantasy drama is supposed to debut.

According to reports, the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 8 will hit the screen in the month of April in 2019. “We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]. 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 really do this final season to the best of our abilities,” she said.

So, there you have it. Also, it made perfect sense for GOT to air the first episode of its grand farewell in April as since the beginning, as HBO had released the first six seasons of the show in either end March or early April. The only exception to that was the last season (season 7) which aired in the summer as production took a little longer than expected since the episodes too were longer in duration than usual.

Though we are yet to know the outcome of Arya Stark’s journey, here’s how Williams would like her character to unfold: I’ve always said I wanted her to find peace. The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that’s accompanied her on this journey. I’d love for her to be happy.”

Williams revelation contradicts what had been reported earlier. While she claims that production for the final season wraps in December, another star of the show, Peter Dinklage, who plays the conniving character Tyrion Lannister, not too long ago was quoted saying that they are already halfway through and that production would be complete within the summer of 2018. So, it would be wise to take both quotes with a grain of salt as HBO is yet to comment on either of the confirmation by the two stars.

While the wait seems to be longer than ever, but Williams’ fans shouldn’t despair yet as they will get to see their favourite actor on a number of upcoming projects this year such as voicing a role of Aardman Animation’s Early Man slated to release on February 16, followed by a live-action big-screen role in Josh Boone‘s superheroic horror/thriller, The New Mutants on February 22

“Yeah, there’s going to be far more time now to do all these other projects that in some ways I’ve missed out on — though I don’t think that has been a negative thing. But to have free time and choose what I want to do with my year is something I’m really looking forward to,” she concluded.