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Game of Thrones producers officially confirm 2019 return

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

THE eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will not air until 2019 – it’s official.

HBO issued a statement on Thursday (January 4, 2018) to confirm that the remaining six episodes will definitely air sometime in 2019.

As yet, however, there is no start date owing to the complex nature of the production of the final series.

Production on the final season began in October and is currently scheduled to run through until August 2018 — a full year following the season seven finale.

The length of the shoot is designed to reflect the epic nature of the final episodes, which are all rumoured to be feature length in running time, and the complex nature of the special effects.

The show will also continue to visit different continents.

Directors for season eight are show-runners David Benioff and DB Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers are Benioff and Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

HBO is also currently developing a number of prequel series.