HBO has confirmed that Game of Thrones will air for a final season in April 2019.
In a blow for Thrones fans,HBO has hinted there could be another along wait between the end of Game of Thrones and the start of the first spin-off show.
How many episodes for season 8?
The eighth season will be only six episodes, making it shorter than the penultimate season (seven episodes), and much shorter than the first six seasons of the show which had 10 episodes each.
While the eighth season will only have six episodes, it appears episodes will be up to 80 minutes, and the possibility of feature-length instalments.
All the main cast-members will return for the last series. As this is Game of Thrones, however, we can’t be sure who will survive until the last episode. Although it is an ensemble show, the cast’s salaries might give some indication which characters will be given the most air time in the final season: in 2017, Variety said that five cast members – Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Lena Headey (Cersei), were pulling $500,000 per episode.
Other returning cast members including Liam Cunningham (Davos), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne).