'Game of Thrones' final season in 2019, HBO confirms

'Game of Thrones' final season in 2019, HBO confirms

On Thursday, the network confirmed that the six-episode eighth season of the record-breaking series will premiere in 2019, as rumors and interviews had led us to believe over the past few months.

HBO has finally broken the silence regarding the much-talked-about return of its massive epic fantasy show, "Game of Thrones", confirming that the show will not be returning this year, but will premier its final season in 2019. To avoid leaks or hacks of how the saga ends, HBO's head of programming Casey Bloys has said that mutiple endings will be filmed. But Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss - both American writers and television producers - are also going to be the writers, joining Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

The final season of "Game of Thrones" will be six episodes in total, though fans should be thrilled to know each episode might be more than an hour in length.

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Season seven credits: The executive producers of "Game of Thrones" are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin. Martin is also involved with the five "Game of Thrones" prequels that are now being developed by HBO.

Sapochnik has directed four episodes including two of what many fans consider the best of the series: Season 5's "Hardhome" and Season 6's "Battle of the Bastards", the latter of which won him a Best Directing Emmy.

Production on the final season started in October, and filming is expected to last until mid-2018. HBO once informed that each chapter was seen by 30 million viewers across all platforms. For those of you impatient to learn the fates of your favorite characters, read our list of 21 key predictions we have for season eight in the meantime.

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