'Game of Thrones' returns in 2019 for final season

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"'Game of Thrones' will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019", the network announced via Twitter. It did not specify the month.

The news will be seen as a blow to HBO, which saw season seven deliver its biggest ever ratings.

The final season of the Emmy Award-winning show is expected to reveal which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the Iron Throne.

Yep, we'll have to wait at least a whole year for the final season of our fave fantasy series - which will consist of just six episodes.

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It is said that the series will not air in 2018 as David Benioff and Dan Weiss are working on the final episodes. "Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill".

Lat year, the head of programming, HBO, Casey Bloys told the fans that the seasons release may take long due to the writing and production processes required.

When season seven ended late previous year, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in. "So that obviously will translate into longer episodes", Cunningham said. The others have all had roles creating the mythical world of author George RR Martin. The television series has already advanced beyond the events of Martin's five published "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels.