Published Jan 04, 2018Game of Thrones fanatics have already gone several months without new episodes of the epic HBO show, and now they'll have to wait at least a whole year before any new episodes arrive.
Earlier today, HBO confirmed that the show's eighth and final season will not air this year, but will actually return for six episodes in 2019.
It's official: @GameOfThrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.— HBO PR (@HBOPR) January 4, 2018
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct the upcoming episodes, while Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will earn writing credits. Many of the episodes are expected to run much longer than the usual length, but that has yet to be officially confirmed by HBO.
With no official release date announced yet, it's anyone's guess as to exactly how long a wait Game of Thrones fans are in for — though there's always a chance that the wait won't be quite as long as HBO intends it to be.
In addition to leaked episodes, the show was also plagued by a hacking scandal last season. An anonymous hacker group dubbed "Mr. Smith" leaked personal contact information for some of the show's cast members, as well as scripts for future episodes.
In slightly less dangerous Game of Thrones news, the show's seventh season also featured a cameo from Ed Sheeran — though viewer reaction to the appearance wasn't great.
Despite GoT not coming back for quite some time, HBO is developing various prequel series, though details remain few and far between at this point.
While you settle in for the long wait for Season 8, why not make yourself a DIY Game of Thrones cape to keep comfy at home (and look really cool out in public)?