a scene from Game of Thrones S7.

HBO has confirmed that the much anticipated 8th and final season of Game of Thrones will only return in 2019.

HBO has confirmed that the final season of its flagship award-winning series Game of Thrones won’t be coming back until 2019.

The 8th and final season went into production in October and is expected to be completed in the middle of 2018, before being released in 2019. The month has not been confirmed.

The Emmy-winning hit series has grown in popularity every year, becoming a global megahit. Season 7 was the highest rated season, breaking records with 16.5 million viewers watching the season finale.  It was the most-watched episode in series history, with 12.1 million viewers steaming as it aired.

It’s going to be a long wait for the end of the fantasy epic saga. Casey Bloys, HBO President, reveals that the vision for the grand finale is far more complicated than in prior years.

The six episodes will each be feature length, and while the episode count has decreased, the runtime will not.  Traditionally episodes have been an hour long, but the final season episodes are expected to be around 80 minutes each. The final episode length is still under discussion, but as Casey Bloys says, “Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”

Seasons 1 - 7 are available on Showmax, so you can relive your favourite moments as well as recap on all the details ahead of the new season. 

While you wait, you can download more entertaining content on DStv Now which will now be available for 30 days.

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. 

Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv PremiumDStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

by Alice da Silva