The eighth and final Period of Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2019, HBO has Declared.
That brings the show back into its usual spring slot of April, following a delayed season 7 arrived in July this past year. The third season started on March 31, which is but April in all intents and purposes. Game of Thrones season 8 will have a shortened run of just six episodes, which means the series finale will air sometime in May or June 2019.
Game of Thrones has been off air since August 2017, and its return in April 2019 implies it will have been missing from our screens for 20 months. That is the longest gap yet between two seasons to the HBO epic fantasy series, which previously was 13 months between year 6 and season 7. The newly-announced premiere month for Game of Thrones year 8 lines up with what Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, informed a British tabloid back in January.
Beyond that, there is little we understand about the upcoming final season. EW shown earlier in November the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere would call back to the pilot episode because another procession of a ruler, now Daenerys, would arrive at Winterfell. The cast and crew spent 10 months filming the final season, with over two weeks just for the big battle between the living and the dead. Each incident is allegedly near feature-length and cost $15 million (about Rs. 108.6 crore) to make.
“It’s about all these disparate characters coming together to face a frequent enemy, dealing with their past, also defining the person they would like to be in the face of certain death,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW. “It is an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I believe it honors really much what [George R.R. Martin] set out to do — that is flipping this kind of narrative on its head”