HBO announces release date for 'Game of Thrones' finale

Kelvin Reese
January 5, 2018

"When you think about it, up until last season we would have six months to do 10 episodes, so we are doing way more than that for six episodes".

Game of Thrones is HBO's biggest-ever hit, with an army of devoted fans worldwide and some 30 million viewers in the United States alone.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner let this information slip in an interview with Variety last December, but now it's been confirmed by HBO, which said that 8th and final season of its hit epic fantasy will be returning in 2019.

"The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield".

The long gap until the final season would give author George R.R. Martin the chance to finish one or two new "Game of Thrones" books that he said in July he was working on.

Cable channel HBO, which is the production house for the series, announced on Thursday that GOT will be returning to screens in 2019 for a six-episode finale season.

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A news release from HBO announced that credits for season 8 will include: series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, David Nutter, and Miguel Sapochnik.

The seventh season ended last August to record viewers, with Foxtel saying it was the most watched overnight programme in Australian subscription television history.

The show, which has more Emmy Awards than any other narrative series and pulls in more than 20 million U.S. viewers per episode, moved beyond George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels in season six.

"Writers for the new season are David Benioff and D B Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill", it added.

As the final season is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, the show may require more special effects.

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