We’re only into the second episode of the second-last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which means that we’re one step closer to seeing how the series will end. Unfortunately if you were hoping and counting on the fact that 2018 will bring us the final season, there’s a good chance you might be disappointed.

Speaking at the 2017 summer TV Critics Association press tour, HBO president Casey Bloys stated that the premiere date for the final season is still pretty much up in the air. Bloys states that while the scripts for Season 8 have already been completed, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are still storyboarding them in order to get a sense of how long it will take to film.

Bloys was quoted as saying, “It’s a big season. They’re trying to get a sense of how long it’s going to take them to shoot this.” While it will be a “big” season, Season 8 will feature less episodes compared to the previous seasons, six to be exact, which is less than Season 7 which will only have seven episodes.

This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing that Season 8’s premiere date is still undecided, and whether or not it will skip 2018 and launch in 2019 is anyone’s guess, but hopefully fans won’t have to wait too long, but even if they did have to wait, we doubt it the hype would be any less given how many times the Season 7 premiere was pirated.

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