'Games of Thrones' season 8 release date: HBO confirms fans' worst fears

Nikolaj Coster Waldau appear in HBOs Game of Thrones 2017

Nikolaj Coster Waldau appear in HBOs Game of Thrones 2017

The news that Game of Thrones would not air this year comes as little surprise, as the final season is expected to stretch more than eight months. The move also clears a path for the network's other lavishly produced and acclaimed genre hit, Westworld, which returns for its second season this year after taking its own lengthy break.

HBO made an official announcement that "Game of Thrones" Season 8 is officially returning in next year.

Alas, we can't even look to past seasons for an idea of when HBO might premiere season 8.

Season 7, which had only seven episodes, concluded on August 27, 2017.

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On the flip side, Sweat and Simmons would love nothing more than to make a Cardinal other than Jackson beat the Bulldogs' defense. Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task.

David Benioff, DB Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will serve as directors of the final season with Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill attached as writers. For one thing, there was already a lengthy delay between seasons six and seven, and that's before the episodes were reportedly upgraded to the length of feature films. The final season will be a mere six episodes long - the shortest season to date - which may add to the disappointment for some.

If not, at least fans will be hyped for 2019.

Ben Crompton, who plays Night's Watch brother Eddison Tollett in the HBO series, is now filming the eighth season and revealed how there's still a fair amount of shooting left on the project. While some episodes may be longer than usual, once again we're hearing not to expect feature-length episodes throughout the season.

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