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.
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.
A revolution that could define the next decade of smartphones just like the iPhone did in 2007 with its multi-touch technology. The image appears to confirm a couple of earlier leaks, revealing the Galaxy S9 will come with single camera setup on the rear.
When show host Ryan Seacrest , later asked Carey about her performance, she replied, "I'm feeling better than past year ". We're told their solution is to put Mariah in a chair and literally roll her from the stage to the ball.
In week 9, the Colts defeated the Texans 20-14, the first game that the Texans played without young quarterback Deshaun Watson . Questions will now swirl as to whether O'Brien will remain the Texans coach for the 2018-2019 season.
At least 12 people were injured early on Tuesday after a huge fire tore through an apartment building in NY , reports said. The fire is believed to have started in the Beverly Hills Furniture store on the street level of the four-floor building.
He warned that Iran will use its right to reciprocate the enemies' hostile moves in a way that they will regret their deeds. Iranians were hoping for improved living conditions following the nuclear deal and the lifting of some worldwide sanctions.
Calling them "New India Voters", he exhorted them to cast their votes saying it will prove to be the "bedrock of New India". Modi also said: "January 26, 2018, will especially be remembered through the ages".
A man has been found with guns and ammunition in his hotel room just hours ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations . It comes as cities across the USA and around the world step up security for New Year's Eve celebrations.
While the teaser has created a lot of Buzz among the fans, but we bet you would not have noticed Katrina Kaif in the teaser. Reportedly, SRK plays a die-hard fan of Katrina Kaif, who plays an actress in the film.
The 20-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur is apparently self-conscious about the weight and doesn't want to be seen because of it. Kendall's fans rallied behind her and applauded her silly and effective response to put all speculations to end.
Anyone out celebrating overnight will get an extra blast of arctic air that could drop temperatures to -5 and -20 degrees. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon today as wind chills dip to -25. "It's downright bitter cold", he said.
Amazon Alexa now controls your microwave
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Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported
The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins. The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.
Chocolate Is Going Extinct, According to Scientists
Numerous efforts by graduate students there focus on using CRISPR to benefit small-holder farmers in the developing world. Given these very specific conditions, more than half of the world's chocolate is grown in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
Carrie Underwood Reveals Facial Injury in Note to Fans
The 34-year-old Grammy victor , who is the face of Olay and Almay, said that for some time she wasn't ready to talk about it. Underwood shared with fans that after seven weeks of recovery, she is ready to tell people , but not ready to show them.
Nintendo Switch Mystery Game Listings Appear on Amazon
According to Wololo , this will open the door for a potential homebrew launcher for the Nintendo Switch in the near future. As with most consoles, the Nintendo Switch is heavily locked down so that only approved software can run on the system.
Unsafe wind chills, bitter cold
New Years Eve lows around Branch County are expected to get down to five below with wind chills between five and 15 below zero. Afternoon temperatures though will recuperate back in the lower 50s with finally some sunshine.