Game of Thrones Showrunner Explains Delay of the Final Season

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

by Natalie Zamora

This year's Emmy Awards were full of excitement and jokes, but perhaps the best dig of the night came from co-host Colin Jost, who poked fun at Game of Thrones and something so painfully true.

Following Peter Dinklage's win for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Jost came on stage and told the audience, “I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and I’m so glad Peter didn’t start his speech and then wait a year and a half to finish it." The camera panned to Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, and other GoT stars all hysterically laughing in the audience.

Though hilarious, Jost's joke just reminded us even more how much longer we have to wait for the final season. The Season 7 finale of Thrones premiered last August, and we still have a while to go. Season 8 is ​due out in the first half of 2019, but we have no idea what month it'll be.

It was only expected then, that when the GoT ​cast and crew arrived at the Emmys press room after their big win for Outstanding Drama Series, they were asked what the holdup was about.

"The final season is taking a long time because it's the biggest thing we've ever done," co-showrunner David Benioff stated. "Even though it's six episodes, it was nearly a full year going out there and shooting."

"No one's gone on vacation, no one's slacking off," Benioff added. "It's [bigger] than anything we've ever attempted before and it's taking a really ... long time."

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]