The final six episodes of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019, HBO confirmed Thursday. In an official release, HBO also confirmed that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will direct episodes for the new season, along with GoT vets David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Unfortunately for George R. R. Martin fans, this means that the author will not return to direct any new episodes. In fact, HBO says he will only be back to co-executive produce the eighth and final season. Then again, he does have a certain book to finish writing so hopefully, this means The Winds of Winter will be published in full sooner rather than later. And then there are those spinoffs...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production for season eight began in October and will last until August 2018, one year after fans watched Jon Snow finally bend the knee, paving the way for the event that was #Jaenerys. Oh yeah, remember when that happened?
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