'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Returns in 2019

The Final Season of Game of Thrones Will Air in 2019

As has long been rumored and basically confirmed by Sansa Stark herself, Sophie Turner, the eighth and final season of HBO’s mega-hit fantasy epic Game of Thrones will air some time in 2019.

Per HBO’s announcement, the final season will be six episodes long, though each episode will be feature-length, by some reports.

The reason for the lag between seasons is the lengthiness of the episodes, plus the significant amount of time needed to produce and edit them. The season is reportedly being shot, and the finale has already been written—it even brought Kit Harington to tears!

Wrapping the series is just as tough for the rest of the cast. As Turner put it, “When we all had the read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional. For the first time in Thrones history, we had everyone there. All of the Americans wanted to come over. Every single cast member was pretty much there. We’re all kind of feeling the end of it coming. We’re all staying in town a little longer, going out for more meals, trying to get together more. We’re all trying not to take it for granted any more.” But she’s keeping her lips sealed about what the future holds for Sansa, even among her own family. Turner, who is engaged to Joe Jonas, isn’t telling brother-in-law-to-be Nick Jonas what becomes of her character. He’ll just have to wait until 2019 like the rest of us.

So, this latest confirmation means you have an entire year to catch up if you aren’t into the series yet. And if you’re on the East Coast, you can use the upcoming Bomb Cyclone as an excuse to stay inside to binge on HBO Go. After all, Winter Is Coming Now.

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