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Game of Thrones showrunners reveal why season 8 is taking so long

That last season is "the biggest thing we've ever done," David Benioff says, promising it'll be worth the wait.

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We're all waiting, Daenerys.

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Winter is coming so, so slowly. When Game of Thrones claimed the best drama award at Monday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, it had been more than a year since a new episode of the HBO hit aired. (The season 7 finale aired in August 2017.) And it still looks like we'll be well into 2019 before Jon Snow, Jaime, Cersei, Daenerys and the rest gather again.

But there's a good reason for the delay, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said backstage at Monday's awards.

"The final season is taking a long time because it's the biggest thing we've ever done," Benioff told the press. Although the remaining season is only six episodes (each one likely movie length), he noted that it took nearly a full year to prepare and shoot the shows.

"I think it's quite extraordinary what the crew and these actors have created, and I think when people see it, they're gonna understand why it took so long," he said. "No one's going on vacation. No one's slacking off. It's just that last season is far beyond what we've ever attempted before, and it's taking a really f-ing long time, but I hope it will be worth it."

This isn't the first time fans have heard about how huge the final season will be. HBO executives have revealed that major characters will die, and there's reportedly a three-location battle that took 55 days to shoot.

Season 8 should come to HBO sometime in 2019.