'Game of Thrones' will return in 2019

However they've now officially announced that it'll be 2019 for the eighth and final season, which is only six episodes long.

Of course, HBO was still coy about exactly when in 2019 the show will return.

The news will be seen as a blow to HBO, which saw season seven deliver its biggest ever ratings. Bryan Cogman ("Kissed by Fire") and Dave Hill will also direct.

Though shooting began in October and the final season will have only six episodes, compared to 10 in the first six seasons and seven past year, there had been indications that the fantasy epic wouldn't come back in 2018.

HBO announced past year that the hit series would end with Season 8.

Game of Thrones' final season is setting up to be of epic proportions. While those 12.1 million people who watched the episode as it aired, making it the most-watched episode in the history of GOT series.

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. A specific premiere date has yet to be revealed, and HBO's announcement declined to provide anything more than writers, producers and directors associated with the fantasy juggernaut.

I guess until 2019 fans will just have to keep rewatching all the past seasons. Nutter has directed six episodes of the series including the season 5 finale "Mother's Mercy", which brought him an Emmy.

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