Game of Thrones Boss Explains Final Season Delay

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Game of Thrones fans should probably prepare for the final season to be the most epic of them all. 

The long-delayed eighth season is slated to debut on HBO in 2019, and while fans have wondered why the show is taking such a long break between the penultimate and final season, one of the show's co-creators has opened up about why it's delayed. 

"The final season is taking a long time because it's the biggest thing we've ever done," David Benioff said backstage at the 70th Emmy Awards Monday night.

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"Even though it's six episodes, it was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or shooting it," he continued.

"It's quite extraordinary what the crew and the actors created, and I think when people see it they'll understand why it took so long.

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"No-one's going on vacation or slacking off, it's just that last season is far beyond what we've ever attempted before, and it is taking a really f**king long time – and I hope it will be worth it."

Simply put, everything we're hearing about these final six episodes has us very excited, but it would be great to know a definite return date.

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While Benioff addressed the delay,  Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke were asked how the show has changed their lives. 

"I met my wife on this show, so in that way, it gave me my future family and my life from here on in," said Harington, who got married to former co-star Rose Leslie in June.

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"That's the main thing it did for me. It's changed it completely. You could not ask for a better job to take you through your 20s than to be an actor on 'Game of Thrones.' "

"Yeah, really similar, apart for the wife bit," added Clarke.

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"It's given me my entire career. It's given me my entire life as we know it. It's changed absolutely everything."

Game of Thrones won the coveted Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Monday night, the third time the series has won that award. 

What are your thoughts, Game of Thrones Fanatics? 

Are you ready to see how this ends, or is the wait killing the suspense? 

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Thoros: You still mad at us, boy?
Gendry: You sold me to a witch.
Thoros: A priestess. I'll admit, it is a subtle distinction.
Beric: We're fighting a great war. Wars cost money.
Gendry: I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join the brotherhood, but you sold me off... like a slave. Do you know what she did to me? She strapped me down in the bed. She stripped me naked.
The Hound: Sounds alright so far.
Gendry: And put leeches on me.
The Hound: Was she naked, too?
Thoros: She needed your blood.
Gendry: Yes, thank you. I know that.
The Hound: Could have been worse.
Gendry: She wanted to kill me. They would have killed me if it wasn't for Davos.
The Hound: But they didn't, did they? So what are you whinging about?
Gendry: I'm not whinging.
The Hound: Your lips are moving and you're complaining about something. That's whinging. This one's been killed six times. You don't hear him whinging about it.

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.