Fans of the TV show Game of Thrones will have to wait quite a bit longer for the next season of the show. Game of Thrones season 7 finished airing in 2017 and HBO has now announced that the show will not continue in 2018. Season 8 will be Game of Thrones’ final season and its six episodes will air in 2019.
This bit of information comes straight from the horse’s mouth and it’s not going to make fans happy. In its blog post, HBO wrote, “The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.” In case you’re interested about the people behind the camera, you’ll see a lot of familiar names. The directors for the new season will be David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, David Nutter, and Miguel Sapochnik. HBO said the final season will be written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, and Dave Hill. George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the show is based, is a co-executive producer on the show.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is expected to take the show to its conclusion. If you can’t deal with the wait, here’s a handy guide to dealing with Game of Thrones off-season withdrawal. At the moment we don’t know much about when the season will be aired, apart from the year of expected release — 2019. Will it release in January 2019 or December that year? We don’t know yet. If you’ve been following the series closely, you might have noticed that Game of Thrones Season 7 aired a lot later than the previous six seasons. While Seasons 1 to 6 began airing in March or April each year, Season 7 began airing in July 2017. This was because the entire season was set in winter and the filming had to be delayed till the onset of winter in the places where the TV show was being filmed.
If we were to make an educated guess, we’d say that Game of Thrones season 8 will begin airing around April 2019, returning to HBO’s original airing schedule for the show. So what’s HBO doing in the meantime? Focusing on great TV shows such as The Deuce, The Leftovers, and Big Little Lies, among others. Game of Thrones Season 7’s delayed airing means that it wasn’t in contention for the Emmy Awards, given to the best TV shows in the US, in 2017. HBO is expected to focus on trying to win big at Emmy Awards 2018 as well, apart from five, yes five Game of Thrones spin-offs.
Game of Thrones Season 7 was far from the show’s best but it moved the story forward and revealed several major plot points that aren’t mentioned anywhere in the books released so far in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The books are, at this point, far behind the TV show, but Game of Thrones’ scriptwriters have based their source material on Martin’s vision for the series.