'Games of Thrones' season 8 release date: HBO confirms fans' worst fears

Game of Thrones returns in 2019, HBO confirms for first time

The news was largely welcomed by the entertainment press, with critics satisfied that the lay-off would mean a higher-quality final season.

After a lot of speculation and assumption, HBO made it official Thursday, announcing that the epic TV show based on George R.R. Martin's book will not return until 2019.

Game of Thrones is taking a year off, United States cable network HBO announced on Thursday (4 January), confirming the widely-held understanding that one of history's most popular shows would not wrap until 2019.

All the fans of Game of Thrones out there, here's the latest update on your favorite show.

Benioff and Weiss will also direct the final season, HBO said.

HBO did not specify an air date, or even the exact month of the premiere, but said that the season will have 6 episodes.

"'Game of Thrones' will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019".

The delay is suspected to give Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin a window to release his long-awaited novel The Winds of Winter from his Fire and Blood series. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

Game of Thrones Season 7 aired in summer of 2017 and previous seasons had usually run in the spring.

The fans are extremely excited for this release, and many already have different ideas about what will happen in the final season.

Fans of the hit show - starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Gwendoline Christie - will have to wait a whole year to find out the fate of their favourite characters when the final six episodes will be screened.

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