'Game of Thrones' Won't Return for Final Season Until 2019, Sophie Turner Says

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The wait for Game of Thrones' final season just got a lot longer.

Sophie Turner revealed in a new interview with Variety that the eighth and final season of HBO's epic fantasy drama, which will consist of six episodes, won't be back for a good while.

"Game of Thrones comes out in 2019," the 21-year-old actress told the publication, when asked about her busy 2018, which includes the November release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

HBO declined to comment on an official return date for Game of Thrones, which is currently in production.

The news comes months after HBO Head of Programming, Casey Bloys, hinted that the final episodes could come as late as 2019. “The scripts are written and they’re boarding it all out,” Bloys said in July. “It’s a big season. I don’t have the answer yet, but they’re working on it.”

As for Turner's post-Game of Thrones career, she confessed she feels it's time to close that chapter of her life.

"I feel this sense that everything  is over Game of Thrones-wise," she said. "I have nothing to lose right now, because I don’t have Game of Thrones anymore. I’m kind of born again, because I’m at a different stage of my career now -- not necessarily at a higher level, I just find myself at a different version of my career. So I’m going to try my hand at everything."


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