'Game of Thrones' to return in 2019 for final season

Season 7 of Game of Thrones was the show's highest-rating yet, breaking several records in the process.

Emilia Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, recently revealed that she and the rest of the cast have been banned from posting any sneak peeks from the set on social media.

HBO makes it official an announces the final Season of Game of Thrones will debut in 2019.

The television series has already advanced beyond the events of George RR Martin's five published novels in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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The news comes on the same day it emerged Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has seen another of his books, Nightflyers, given the greenlight by Syfy in the U.S. and Netflix internationally. The final season of "Game of Thrones" will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes.

"David Benioff and D B Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season", HBO said in a statement. They will collaborate on the six-episode, eighth and last season. Of those, 12.1 million watched the episode as it aired, making it the most-watched episode in series history.

This is huge news because typically the show airs every year during the summer, but not this time. While some episodes may be longer than usual, once again we're hearing not to expect feature-length episodes throughout the season. The 8th season of the show is the last one and it will be shorter than the previous seasons. Benioff and Weiss will also write the new season along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

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