‘Game of Thrones’ final season in 2019, HBO confirms

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Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones." (Facebook/GameOfThrones)

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.

“The epic fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019,” said HBO on its website.

While the show’s 2019 return has been widely speculated by fans, this is the first time that HBO officially confirmed it. Unfortunately, the network stayed mum on an exact date that the award-winning show will be back.

A later-than-expected season 9 was first hinted by the series’ showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss last summer when they said that they want to spend a year and a half making the final season of the show. The extra time in production will ensure that the final episodes of the series will be as epic and as satisfying as possible for viewers who have stuck with the show’s fantastic twist and turns since 2011.

Last month, “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who plays one of the central characters, Sansa Stark, also said in an interview that the show will not be returning this year. She revealed that the production for the eighth season may take around six to eight months.

HBO also announced that Benioff, Weiss, David Nutter, and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the six season 8 episodes. Benioff and Weiss, along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill, are writing the episodes.

George R. R. Martin, the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series on which the show is based, is one of the executive producers of the upcoming season. Martin is also involved with the five “Game of Thrones” prequels that are currently being developed by HBO. So far, none of them have been greenlit.