Game of Thrones to Release final season in 2019

Game of Thrones returns in 2019, HBO confirms for first time

According to The Guardian, the fans will have to wait for a year as Game of Thrones will be reportedly returning in 2019.

Filming for the final season started in October a year ago, and is expected to continue until mid-2018.

HBO confirmed creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would direct episodes of the six-episode season, along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. They will collaborate on the six-episode, eighth and last season, to air in 2019.

Game of Thrones is taking a year off, USA 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.

The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield.

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Fans were eagerly waiting for the season finale as it is expected to reveal which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the mega Iron Throne.

The seventh season ended last August to record viewers, with Foxtel saying it was the most watched overnight programme in Australian subscription television history. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels.

The news was largely welcomed by the entertainment press, with critics satisfied that the lay-off would mean a higher-quality final season.

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

In the other news, GOT fans who are disappointed with the delayed release of the show, here's something to cheer up. Some of its seven episodes were more than an hour long.

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