By Steve Dellar   |  01-05-2018   News
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Allow me to begin by apologizing beforehand to all for being the bringer of bad news. HBO has announced that Game of Thrones fans would have to wait until 2019 to see the long-awaited and final season 8. Yes, winter in Westeros isn’t coming anytime soon.

HBO had previously hinted at a long break already, but fans did not think that would mean a whole year’s wait.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: <a href="https://twitter.com/GameOfThrones?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GameOfThrones</a> returns in 2019, HBO confirms for first time: <a href="https://t.co/KS8WnWgJ0U">https://t.co/KS8WnWgJ0U</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://t.co/mQQspk6wcg">pic.twitter.com/mQQspk6wcg</a></p>&mdash; Entertainment Weekly (@EW) <a href="https://twitter.com/EW/status/948994163848220672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The programming president of HBO, Mr Casey Bloys tried to explain the long delay: “Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing,”

“One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental.”

Twitter users were less than entertained to say the least when they heard about the long wait.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When HBO confirms Game of Thrones isn’t coming back until 2019… <a href="https://t.co/yuYgT7wPEP">pic.twitter.com/yuYgT7wPEP</a></p>&mdash; Cycle (@bycycle) <a href="https://twitter.com/bycycle/status/949086729105018881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to the official channels, the year-long gap also gives writer RR Martin time to finish the books and to figure out which of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will come out on top in the end. So far, the series had already advanced on the writer’s books so it’s time for Mr Martin to catch up.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s going to be a long winter… HBO has announced that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameofThrones?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GameofThrones</a> will return for its six-episode final season in 2019 <a href="https://t.co/1ubWRffHVS">pic.twitter.com/1ubWRffHVS</a></p>&mdash; Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/RottenTomatoes/status/948999414785306624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The show’s army of devoted fans, which count some 30 million viewers in the US alone, will have to pass through no less than two winters before they know whether Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen will be victorious in the end.

Source:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/05/game-of-thrones-final-season-six-episodes-air-2019

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