Game of Thrones to return with it's final season in 2019

Game of Thrones to return with it's final season in 2019

Game of Thrones to return with it's final season in 2019

It's official, the final and eighth season of epic fantasy show "Game of Thrones" will arrive in 2019.

Filming for the final season started in October a year ago, and is expected to continue until mid-2018.

Aside from directing, Benioff and Weiss will be writing the new season, alongside Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

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. Only four episodes had women credited as a writer or co-writer. Also, with season 7 contending for Emmy awards in 2018 due to its summer launch a year ago, HBO can focus its GoT promotional efforts on its Emmy campaign rather than launching a new season.

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The previous season of the series - Game of Thrones Season 7 was the highest rated season of the show yet, it broke several records in the process of gaining popularity.

The GoT pushback also gives author George R.R. Martin more runway to potentially release the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, which he teased last summer might be ready in 2018.

The company seems to be pulling out all the stops for its final season, recruiting both David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik to direct episodes, along with showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss.

When season seven ended late past year, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in.

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