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

Game Of Thrones season 8 Send a Raven GOT to return in 2019

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

It's official, the final and eighth season of epic fantasy show "Game of Thrones" will arrive in 2019. But given that the network opted to air GoT in the spring every year until a longer-than-usual production schedule pushed season 7 to last summer, a return to a spring launch seems logical.

GOT Season 7 was aired over the past summer. The 8th season of the show is the last one and it will be shorter than the previous seasons.

The final season will also definitely be only six episodes as previously reported.

The latest season of the series will be directed by series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Miguel Sapochnik, and David Nutter while the season will be written by Benioff and Weiss along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

With the final season planned out, "Game of Thrones" will finish with just one female director, who led four episodes, out of 19 directors and 73 episodes, Variety's Mo Ryan pointed out.

The final season of the Emmy Award-winning show is expected to reveal which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the Iron Throne.

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. The new season is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss along with Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, and Carolyn Strauss.

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