If you were hoping to see the conclusion of Game of Thrones this year, prepare to be disappointed. HBO on Thursday announced the hit show won’t return for its final season (season 8) until sometime next year. Unfortunately, an exact date hasn’t been revealed.
The upcoming season will run for only six episodes, making it the shortest season yet for the show. Previously, the show’s seventh season only ran for seven episodes.
The good news is one of the series’ most high-profile directors, Miguel Sapochnik, is returning to help conclude the show, which is once again being spearheaded by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have helped steer the show from the beginning.
Due to the level of CGI involved, not to mention the high stakes, it makes sense for HBO to take its time in releasing the final season. Plenty of big storylines are still dangling in the balance, and it sounds like HBO is giving the final season the attention it deserves.
As for what we can expect to happen, that’s up for much debate and speculation. In any case, you can bet there will be plenty of big rumors throughout the coming months until the show makes its debut next year.