It’s official. In the midst of winter striking with a “bomb cyclone” across much of the United States, it’s fitting that HBO has officially announced that Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in 2019.
The press release reads:
The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.
There isn’t a ton there, but HBO doesn’t need to do much of anything to hype what is perhaps the greatest television show of all-time. A six-episode final season is now 100% locked in, as are the writers and directors for the episodes (showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to direct the series finale).
HBO didn’t give exact dates for the premiere of Season 8, but it would probably be during the summer at the latest. Football season starts up in September, and airing the season at that time is unlikely. Early 2019, during the winter, might be the best fit for it to match up with one of the show’s taglines: “Winter Is Here.”
Whenever the final hours of Game of Thrones air, they are sure to be epic. Some might be upset with having to wait so long, but this is a wait that should be embraced. And while you battle through the long winter, check out our “Game of Thrones #WinterIsHere Countdown”, which started from Season, 1 Episode 1 (“Winter Is Coming”) and is currently on Season 3, Episode 4 (“And Now His Watch Is Ended”).