Yes friends, you read that right. Our beloved show will only return in 2019. Game of Thrones will air its 8th and final season next year.
The last few episodes will be directed by David Nutter (That famous Red Wedding episode), Miguel Sapochnik (Battle of the Bastards & Hardhome), as well as show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. So far the season if slated to have 6 episodes in total, although the run time of each episode will be a lot longer than earlier seasons.
Weiss & Benioff will be writing of course, along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
Essentially, audiences will have to wait a bit longer, but because of the shorter season, we will likely be getting 6 movie-sized episodes of the most popular show in television history.
The delay may also be a strategic move as HBO and Game of Thrones producers, and George RR Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, work on developing additional spinoffs in the same universe.
Although no details are set out for a spin-off series yet, fans will be focused on counting down to the 2019 premiere of the 8th season.
Here’s the official announcement by HBO PR on Twitter:
It's official: @GameOfThrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) January 4, 2018
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