Game of Thrones won't return until 2019

Calvin Saunders
January 5, 2018

It will be a long wait for Game of Thrones (GOT) fans as they will have to wait for more than a year to see the final end of the award-winning saga.

The characters include "Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)", Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

Directors David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik are confirmed to return for season eight, but none of the casting has been revealed.

Last summer, EW was first to report that GoT might skip 2018, after the show's showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained they planned to spend a year and a half crafting the show's final episodes in an effort to make the final hours as spectacular and satisfying as possible (the eighth season, now in production, is expected to film until this summer).

HBO has announced that the final season of the fantasy series won't premiere until 2019.

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The news comes on the same day it emerged Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has seen another of his books, Nightflyers, given the greenlight by Syfy in the United States and Netflix internationally. The television series has already advanced beyond the events of Martin's five published "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels.

When season seven ended late past year, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in.

There was no month specified for the 2019 launch, but it will have been well over a year since season seven aired by even the earliest possible airdate. The 8th season of the show is the last one and it will be shorter than the previous seasons.

On the other hand, Season 7 which was aired in past summer was of seven episodes while multiple episodes of which were more than an hour long.

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss announced in 2016 it would finish with 13 episodes spread over a final two seasons.

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