Dammit, it's official, 2018 will be a Game of Thrones free zone.
In an interview with Variety recently, actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit show, confirmed the premiere when asked whether she was excited for next year, saying, "Yeah, I’m really excited. Game of Thrones comes out in 2019. [X-Men: ] Dark Phoenix is in November. Then I have a couple indie movies coming out."
The news isn't too surprising really, as we already know there is a lot more production going into the final season. The cast are currently filming at the moment, with Sophie saying that they are only about a tenth of the way through with "six or seven months left".
There is very much an awareness among all that this is the beginning of the end for the cast too. "When we all had the read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional", Sophie said. "For the first time in Thrones history, we had everyone there. All of the Americans wanted to come over. Every single cast member was pretty much there.
"We’re all kind of feeling the end of it coming. We’re all staying in town a little longer, going out for more meals, trying to get together more. We’re all trying not to take it for granted anymore."
The actress also spoke about how much she will miss working with her co-star, Irish actor Aidan Gillen, whose character Littlefinger was killed off in the latest season.
"It was really hard because out of all the people I’ve worked with on the show, he has been the one who was consistent throughout, from season one to season seven," she said.
"He has been my Game of Thrones experience. He’s been the backbone of it for me. So to say goodbye to him was pretty hard, especially because life imitated art in a way because he was also my mentor. I learned so many lessons just by watching him act. It was this weird parallel and an emotional thing for everyone."
Sophie also talked about how she thinks Sansa will fare next season, without Littlefinger in her ear, "It’s going to be tricky for her because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again.
"This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight."