Game of Thrones Season 8 won't return until 2019

Nikolaj Coster Waldau appear in HBOs Game of Thrones 2017

Helen Sloan HBOLena Headey and Nikolaj Coster Waldau appear in HBO's"Game of Thrones" 2017

The previous season of the series had aired in this spring.

Big news for GOT fans, the show won't return until 2019 and the fans have to wait for a long time - a complete year! Last year, actress Sophie Turner revealed that the final season will return only in 2019, however, this is the first time HBO has officially confirmed it.

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct. David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are writing all the episodes.

The final season of the show will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes when it airs in 2019.

The previous season of the series - Game of Thrones Season 7 was the highest rated season of the show yet, it broke several records in the process of gaining popularity.

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"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".

In the other news, GOT fans who are disappointed with the delayed release of the show, here's something to cheer up. The new season is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss along with Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, and Carolyn Strauss.

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.

The final season will also definitely be only six episodes as previously reported.

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss announced in 2016 it would finish with 13 episodes spread over a final two seasons.

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