"Game of Thrones" lovers will have to wait until 2019 for the final season of the fantasy series.HBO officially announced that the epic fantasy series will return for its eighth and final season in 2019 with six episodes.The cable and satellite television network took to its Twitter handle, writing, "Send a raven".
The Emmy-winning sensation won't be back for its final season until 2019.
Cable channel HBO, which is the production house for the series, announced on Thursday that GOT will be returning to screens in 2019 for a six-episode finale season. Multiple endings will be filmed so that it can be ensured that the real ending is protected from leaks and hacks. Since then, star Sophie Turner let slip in a recent interview that she didn't expect the show to come back until next year either.
On the other hand, Season 7 which was aired in past summer was of seven episodes while multiple episodes of which were more than an hour long.
'Game of Thrones' final season won't premiere until 2019
The delay makes sense for non-creative reasons, as well.
Production of the season finale already started in October and it is expected to last till the middle of this year. Also, with season 7 contending for Emmy awards in 2018 due to its summer launch previous year, HBO can focus its GoT promotional efforts on its Emmy campaign rather than launching a new season. HBO is silent on that front.
The long gap until the final season would give author George R R Martin the chance to finish one or two new Game of Thrones books that he earlier said he was working on.