For the past few years, HBO has been releasing new seasons of Game of Thrones on an annual basis, although last year’s release was delayed slightly. However its delay pales in comparison to the upcoming eighth and final season of the series, which HBO has confirmed will air in 2019.

Prior to this, it was speculated that it would be released in 2019 according to the show’s actress, Sophie Turner, who had told Variety that production on season eight had only begun in October 2017 and is expected to last until mid-2018, meaning that a release in 2018 would be very unlikely, thus delaying it to 2019.

It is unclear why the show’s creators have taken longer to complete season 8 compared to the previous seasons, but hopefully it will be worth it. The final season is also expected to comprise of less episodes than the previous seasons, 6 to be exact, although we have heard that season 8 is expected to be “bigger than ever”.

Game of Thrones was also 2017’s most torrented TV series, and we can only imagine that the eighth and final season will most likely end up breaking records as well. No specific dates have been mentioned for season 8’s release, so we’ll just have to wait for an announcement that should probably come later this year.

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