HBO confirms Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019
As has been speculated for many months, and said by none other than the cast members themselves, HBO has officially confirmed today that the final season of Game of Thrones will not premiere until 2019 on the premium cable network. The series’ eighth season will consist of just six episodes, previously confirmed to each be feature length.
Directors for the new season include creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, plus David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
Game of Thrones is based on the novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. In Season 6, the TV series moved past the point where the books have stalled.
Returning series regulars will include Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner(Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion).
The executive producers of Game of Thrones are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.