This week HBO confirmed via press release on their site that season 8 of their insanely popular series Game of Thrones will be airing in 2019.
The Full Press Release from HBO
“The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.”
The information therein is rather limited. But it’s nice to know that it’ll be at least a full year and a half before the final season airs. Still no word yet as to when in the year the season will begin. There probably won’t be any word on that until filming is farther along.
The press release also confirms that the season will be 6 episodes, though that’s not exactly news to fans who have been following along with all the released tidbits along the way. Season 8 will be comprised of 6 feature-length episodes, meaning each one will be the length of a short movie, clocking in at 80 minutes plus. To give an accurate idea of how long that is, the running time for the average Disney animated movie is 80 to 85 minutes. Episode seven of season 7 clocked in at 81 minutes, so fans can expect more of that from season 8. It also encourages speculation that maybe the series finale will go beyond those numbers, maybe reaching a full 2 hours. That is purely speculation, though, based on the relative length of the last few season finales in relation to the earlier episodes in that season.
We’ll keep you up to date as more information about the final season surfaces.