HBO Just Confirmed When 'Game of Thrones' Will Return for Its Final Season

It's official.

Game of Thrones fans, rejoice! HBO just confirmed (opens in new tab) the series will return for its eighth and final season. The *slightly* bad news? You'll have to wait until 2019. Yes, 2019. (Cue the sighs.)

While Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, accidentally revealed the news earlier this month (opens in new tab), this comes from HBO itself so it's *official*, unfortunately. No word on the premiere date yet, but there is one aspect that was made clear: all of the season 8 writers and directors will be men (another long sigh).

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According to the network, there will only be six episodes. 2019, we're waiting for you. (Sorry 2018, we know you just got here.)


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