'Games of Thrones' season 8 release date: HBO confirms fans' worst fears

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Game Of Thrones bosses have confirmed the final season will not air until 2019, and when it does come it will be short and sweet.

HBO confirms that its hit show will be returning in 2019.

The news comes on the same day it emerged Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has seen another of his books, Nightflyers, given the greenlight by Syfy in the USA and Netflix internationally.

Executive producers include Benioff and Weiss, as well as Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doegler, and Bernadette Caulfield, while Game of Thrones author George RR Martin will be co-executive producer, along with Cogman, Guymon Casady, and Vince Gerardis. They will collaborate on the six episodes of the series' eighth and last season.

GOT Season 7 was aired over the past summer.

The seventh season ended last August with an average of more than 30 million USA viewers per episode across multiple platforms.

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Benioff and Weiss will also direct the final season, HBO said.

Fans of the hit show - starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Gwendoline Christie - will have to wait a whole year to find out the fate of their favourite characters when the final six episodes will be screened.

If part of that hope was the chance that the finale season of Game of Thrones would show up on HBO at some point, they might have to learn to deal with the disappointment now. While some episodes may be longer than usual, once again we're hearing not to expect feature-length episodes throughout the season.

And even the stars of the show don't know how the final series will play out as producers have taken drastic measures to stop the ending being leaked.

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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