The final season of Game of Thrones will return in 2019


Game of Thrones won’t be on your screens until 2019. It’s official.

*Ned Stark’s voice* Bad news is coming. The HBO’s show will return in 2019, as announced on the series’ official Twitter account, and surprising absolutely no one. We already had news from Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) about a 2019 return and the 2018 slate of shows from HBO did not show Game of Thrones on the list.

Sadly, production doesn’t wrap as fast as ravens travel from beyond the Wall to Dragonstone.

So what do we know about the eighth and final season so far? Well, not much (putting aside those possibly script leaks). The Stark children are all reunited, Jaime has walked away from Cersei, Jon and Daenerys are sailing North (pronounced “having sex”), Jon Snow’s real name is Aegon Targaryen, Daenerys’ nephew and true heir to the Throne, and the Army of the Dead has just destroyed the Wall and is on its way South along with one of Dany’s dragons.

What can we expect for the final season?

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A big mess and a lot of dead. It will be interesting to see how Daenerys’ visit to the North will be seen by Sansa and the Lords. Where is Jaime headed? How will Jon react upon hearing his birth name? (and Will Bran put more form into breaking the news than he did with Sansa in season 7?) Will it draw Jon and Daenerys apart? What will she name her child (because you just know a baby is coming)? Will there be friction between the Mother of Dragons and her Hand, Tyrion Lannister?

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, and Dave Hill are the writers for this season and all the cast and crew have been filming in Ireland since October. They are also set to hit Iceland, later.

Perhaps, we could count on Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington to give us a little something to nibble on? The pair will present an award during this Saturday’s Golden Globes ceremony.

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Game of Thrones is also nominated for Best Television Drama Series, running up Netflix’s Stranger Things and The Crown, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s This is Us.