Game of Thrones final season of six episodes to air in 2019

Season eight began production in October and ought to be able to wrap up in mid-2 018 before HBO releases it the following year

Game of Thrones fans will have to wait until 2019 for the schemed final season of the award-winning series, a gap of more than a year since the end of season seven .~ ATAGEND

Cable channel HBO said on Thursday that the program would return in 2019 for a six-episode final season. It did not specify the month.

The series is HBO’s biggest reached ever with some 30 million viewers in the United States alone and an army of devoted fans worldwide.

The final season is expected to uncover which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the Iron Throne.

Production on the final season started in October, and filming is expected to last until mid-2 018. HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, has said multiple terminates will be filmed to avoid leaks or hacks of how the saga ends.

Show inventors, David Benioff and D B Weiss, told Entertainment Weekly in 2016 that they wanted to attain the series finale as spectacular as is practicable. HBO said on Thursday that Benioff and Weiss will also direct the final season.

The long gap between seasons seven and eight will give writer George RR Martin the chance to finish one or two new Game of Thrones volumes that he said in July he was working on. The television series has already advanced beyond the events of Martin’s five published A Sung of Ice and Fire series of novels.

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