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‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return until 2019, says Sophie Turner

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By Kate Feldman

New York Daily News

(TNS)

Winter is coming, but it may take a while.

“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner revealed to Variety that the eighth and final season of the HBO show won’t air until 2019.

Casey Bloys, president of programming for HBO, hinted at a delayed premiere in June when she said showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff could spend as long as 18 months working on the season.

Turner did offer another tidbit about the show, though, particularly how Sansa Stark will deal with Littlefinger’s death.

“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,” she told Variety.

“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.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return until 2019, says Sophie Turner