HBO Confirms “Game of Thrones” will Return in 2019

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It is official. We won’t see the final season of Game of Thrones this year.

On Thursday, HBO shared a short release confirming that the seventh season of the show will air in 2019. There’s still no official premiere date and the details revealed are quite scarce, including nothing more than writers, producers and directors working on the grand finale.

The news comes as little surprise, as it was already hinted that the production might not be over on time for the show to air this year. The shooting only began in October and is supposed to run until August 2018.

As HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter, “production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take. The shooting is complicated enough — on different continents, with all the technical aspects — and the special effects are a whole other production period that we’re trying to figure out. That is a big factor in all of this.”

The directors for season 8 are creators of GoT David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and co-writers David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik.