Game of Thrones won't return until 2019

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

It is not clear exactly when in 2019 the show will return.

If reports are to be believed, the episodes of the upcoming series will be longer compared to the previous ones. Fans have to wait nearly two years before any new episodes are released.

Game of Thrones is taking a year off, U.S. cable network HBO announced on Thursday (4 January), confirming the widely-held understanding that one of history's most popular shows would not wrap until 2019.

HBO has confirmed that the show will return in 2019 for a six-episode final season, but the cable broadcaster has not specified the exact date or month.

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For Games of Thrones fans, winter isn't coming for a while.

"As the biggest hit in HBO's history, one the subscription service hoped to continue for additional seasons, keeping the show around a while longer isn't a bad thing", wrote Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. But given that the network opted to air GoT in the spring every year until a longer-than-usual production schedule pushed season 7 to last summer, a return to a spring launch seems logical.

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. A seven-episode seventh season hit screens last summer and the final run will extend over just six episodes.

The fans are extremely excited for this release, and many already have different ideas about what will happen in the final season.

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