When Is 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Premiering?

Enlarge ImageIt's going to be a long wait for the next Mother of Dragons Jon Snow reunion.                  HBO

Benioff and Weiss will also direct the final season, HBO said.

Game of Thrones is taking a year off, United States cable network HBO announced on Thursday (4 January), confirming the widely-held understanding that one of history's most popular shows would not wrap until 2019.

HBO has not revealed when in 2019 the show will return.

The revelation means fans will have to wait longer than ever for the fantasy drama, which has grown its ratings year after year into one of the most popular shows in the world and HBO's biggest hit of all time.

This is disappointing news for fans of the hit show who were hoping for a 2018 release date.

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The seventh season ended last August with an average of more than 30 million USA viewers per episode across multiple platforms.

The news comes on the same day it emerged Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has seen another of his books, Nightflyers, given the greenlight by Syfy in the U.S. and Netflix internationally.

Benioff and Weiss executive produce along with Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Leaving fans with only seven episodes as opposed to its typical 10 episode season.

Aside from directing, Benioff and Weiss will be writing the new season, alongside Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. Most of the seasons aired in Spring, but Season 7 wasn't available until the Summer of 2017. Co-executive producers are Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin. The television series has already advanced beyond the events of Martin's five published "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels.


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