Did Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Just Reveal When 'Game Of Thrones' Season Finale Is Really Coming?

If so, it's earlier than you think.

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For fans of the show, it's always been something of a waiting Game of Thrones.

From one series to the next, it's aim is to keep viewers suffering in line with the manifold anguish of its protagonists.

But that suffering for the final season may be over sooner than you thought. That is, if the words of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are to be heeded.

The actor, who plays Jaime Lannister in the HBO show, dropped a massive hint as to when Series Eight could hit our screens. And it's worth a listen.

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In an interview with Collider on Saturday, he said the cast go into production this coming October and that he expects to get his hand on a script "in the next few weeks".

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He said: "I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it's been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what's going to happen that season. But, I don't know what's going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we'll get the scripts and I'll find out. I'm very curious."

Why is this important? Because, in the past, it has taken about five months to film a series and then another five months for post-production and eventual release. This suggests the final series will be aired in September 2018, not 2019 as previously reported.

Of course, HBO have said nothing of its scheme to release Season Eight. And it may take a lot longer than usual to make - the dragons are getting bigger after all.

And anyway, do we want it all to end sooner than later? Then begins the longest winter of them all - a cold and bloodless world without Game of Thrones. Monday's will never be the same again.

Long may our suffering continue.