Season 7 of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones was firing on all cylinders. It brought twists, turns and of course, memorable character deaths. When Season 7 concluded in August of last year it was still unknown when Season 8 would premiere. Some believed it would drop towards the tail-end of 2018 but we now have confirmation that fans of the series will have to wait until 2019 for the shows return.
The news comes via HBO’s PR team, who announced it via Twitter:
It's official: @GameOfThrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) January 4, 2018
It was announced prior to the release of Season 7 that the Game of Thrones would conclude with Season 8. The final season will have 6 episodes, one less than the previous season and 4 less than the first 6. That was due to the fast nature of the story, which was apparent throughout Season 7.
Production on the final season began in October and is expected to run into the middle of 2018.