Winter is coming! But you’ll have to wait for it a bit longer, at least until 2019. HBO recently issued a statement where the company confirmed Season 8 of their biggest show!
“The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019. David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.”
The statement came as a brief press release that ‘foreshadowed’ its final season as many claim. Unfortunately for millions of GoT fans, the final season of the show will only have six episodes.
Season 8 itself may be short, plus on top of that, we’ll have to wait for it awfully long. One of the most popular TV shows of today will take more than a year off from TV. The comeback is scheduled for 2019, but it will also end the same year. HBO hasn’t confirmed the exact month and date. And yes, many fans are devastated because this is bad news but let’s see if we can discern some light at the end of the tunnel.
3Short Season – Long Episodes
First six years we always received 10 episodes per each season. In 2017, HBO changed the tradition a bit with only seven chapters. However, even though the season was shorter, every episode was longer and more cinematic than usually. We believe that the same will happen in Season 8.
When asked for reasons behind the long delay, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss claimed how the delay would allow the show’s last episodes to be “spectacular and satisfying,” per Entertainment Weekly. According to Thrillist, every episode should have a budget of almost $15 million.
D.B. Weiss and Benioff will also be more involved in the final season. The duo will be directing at least one episode of the Season 8. Directors that are fan-favorite will return too. There’s Miguel Sapochnik, who was in charge of the famous “Battle of the Bastards” episode, and David Nutter, the one behind Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame scene.