Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

'Game of Thrones' to return in 2019 for final season

'Game of Thrones' to return in 2019 for final season

Leaving fans with only seven episodes as opposed to its typical 10 episode season.

An announcement from United States premium cable channel HBO has confirmed long suspected rumours that the show would not return in 2018. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner let this information slip in an interview with Variety last December, but now it's been confirmed by HBO, which said that 8th and final season of its hit epic fantasy will be returning in 2019.

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 year, hackers were able to get their hands on several episodes, prompting HBO to air them before the release date.

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Show creators David Benioff and DB Weiss told Entertainment Weekly in 2016 that they wanted to make the series finale as spectacular as possible.

According to The Guardian, the fans will have to wait for a year as Game of Thrones will be reportedly returning in 2019.

The budget for the final episodes of the hit series is much bigger than the standard for expensive TV episodes, with each episode costing $15 million apiece.

Winter is not coming - at least not for another year.

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In the other news, GOT fans who are disappointed with the delayed release of the show, here's something to cheer up.

GOT Season 7 was aired over the past summer. Some of its seven episodes were more than an hour long.

Production on the final season started in October, and filming is expected to last until mid-2018. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

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