Game of Thrones - 7 seasons - 67 episodes. In the books. Season 8 is supposed to be the last. Anyone know when it runs?
Pretty sure they start filming in October and the last season is supposed to drop around September of 2018 (a little over a year from the previous season.)Minor spoiler follows if you haven't seen the latest season!
After each episode of this season aired, there was an in-depth interview (I'll try to find links if anyone is interested) with the director of that particular episode. The director of the episode where Dany's dragon annihilates the Jaime's army gave some really interesting insights into just how painstakingly difficult these shoots are.
I remember a quote somewhere along the lines of how it took almost 4 weeks to complete a sequence that got all of about 30 seconds worth of air time ... There are so many locations and the shoots are so long, that the directors communicate back and forth, getting each other to film different shots for the other depending on where they are located, due to the massive difficulty of travel and their being so short on time to crank out the next season within viewer's expectations. I think he said each episode takes around 4 months from the start of shooting to its being complete, so they must have quite a bit being shot concurrently.
The directors are given the script for their episode about a full year in advance so that they can craft a "reasonable" budget. Each and every minute detail must be given thought before it ever goes before a camera due to how expensive the effects shots are.
Pretty interesting stuff. It was also mentioned that HBO, other than advocating for advanced planning to stay within budget constraints, seems pretty well content to stay out of the filmmakers' ways and give them the creative freedom to go their routes. He said that of his two episodes this season (the one I mentioned and the final episode) the only time HBO stepped in was when they were burning diesel fuel to create the heavy black smoke left in the dragon's charred path of destruction. Due to health concerns he had to settle for CGI in the remaining footage, lol.