The REAL Reason 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Won't Be Released Until 2019

There's been talk for a while now about season 8 of Game of Thrones, the FINAL season, being delayed until 2019. Many people theorized the same thing. The longer episodes and more action/CGI heavy sequences would take longer to film and require longer post-production time. While that may be true, Ser Jorah Mormont actor Iain Glen just revealed a massive reason for the delay.

At a Comic Con Stockholm Q&A, Glen said:

"We're all starting to occupy the same territory. We're all starting to be in the same storylines and so they can't [have two filming units] anymore."
"I think this last season will take much longer to shoot because they can only use one unit, because we're all in the same sort of scenes."
Game of Thrones has been known to use two separate filming units during production, a "Wolf Unit" and a "Dragon Unit". This allows them to film in multiple countries with multiple actors at the same time. Now, with all of the major characters converging to battle the army of White Walkers, the locations will condense and the call sheet will expand. Wrangling all these actors together sounds like a nightmare.

HBO programming boss, Casey Bloys, has previously spoken about the difficulties of the final season.

"Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take."
"The shooting is complicated enough – on different continents, with all the technical aspects – and the special effects are a whole other production period that we're trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this."
With all of these complications, it's a miracle we'll be getting the final season as soon as 2019!