Winter is coming but you'll have to one more year before we see it happen. Today, HBO has officially announced that its hit epic fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books will return for a six-episode eighth and final season of Game of Thrones in 2019.
The network also confirmed that series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are among the directors for the final season with Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter. The writers of the final season are Benioff, Weiss, Dave Hill, and Bryan Cogman.
One of Nutter's six helming credits on the series is the Season 5 finale Mother's Mercy, the episode that featured Queen Cersei's Walk of Atonement. Sapochnik directed four Game of Thrones episodes including what many fans consider the best of the series: Season 5's Hardhome and Season 6's Battle of the Bastards.
HBO hasn't announced an exact premiere date yet. With the scale of production expected to be much larger than previous seasons, I'm not surprised that the show will get a 2019 release date.
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