Game of Thrones Season 8 won’t air until 2019

Matt Sayer 5 January 2018 NEWS

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The fate of Westeros will remain in limbo for another twelve months at least.

Bad news, Westeros fans: you're going to have to wait an entire year to get your fix of dragons and double-crossers, with HBO today confirming that the eighth season of Game of Thrones won't hack and slash its way to the small screen until 2019.

Season 8 will be the final season of the hugely-popular fantasy show, spanning a little over half the length of previous seasons at six episodes instead of the typical ten. Speculation that the episodes will be longer than the standard hour-long run has yet to be confirmed but seems likely given the many plot threads still dangling after the Season 7 finale.

Along with the 2019 release target, HBO has also revealed the crew at the helm of the eighth season. David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are writing the new episodes, with Benioff, Weiss, David Nuttier and Miguel Sapochnik taking the director's role.

If the prospect of waiting a full year for more Game of Thrones goodness has you plotting your own bloody rampage, why not catch up on previous seasons of the show by checking out our guide on where to watch Game of Thrones in Australia?

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