Game of Thrones cast members likely risk death by hellfire explosion if they willingly share information about the final season of the show. But hopefully HBO will spare Maisie Williams for sharing the premiere date of season eight — maybe! Real-life Arya Stark told the British outlet Metro that they’re in production now, and that everything will be wrapped and edited in time for Thrones to take a final bow next April. “We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April ,” said Williams. “That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit.” Seasons one through six of the show all opened in April, so it would make sense as a kind of homecoming month for Thrones, but don’t rule out that Williams could be part of a sprawling disinformation campaign to throw fans off the scent. Maybe next month Sophie Turner says July 2019. Then after that, Lena Headey says January. Don’t mark it on your calendars in pen yet, but that’s the word from the littlest assassin in Westeros.
Update: It turns out that quote about Thrones arriving next April is all lies. Or rather, if that does end up being the premiere month for season eight, Williams says she had nothing to do with spilling the beans. Via Twitter, the actress says someone was just repackaging old content.
So, really, don’t rule out that sprawling disinformation campaign yet.