Game of Thrones won't return until 2019

Nick Sanchez
January 5, 2018

As the final season is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, the show may require more special effects.

The delay is suspected to give Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin a window to release his long-awaited novel The Winds of Winter from his Fire and Blood series.

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct. David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are writing all the episodes.

The seventh season ended last August with an average of more than 30 million U.S. viewers per episode across multiple platforms.

The budget for the final episodes of the hit series is much bigger than the standard for expensive TV episodes, with each episode costing $15 million apiece. The long wait is soon coming to an end.

The final season of the show is currently in production so there will be plenty of time to try to spoil how it all shakes out between now and then.

Reports first began circulating in summer 2017 that GoT might skip 2018 and Sophie Turner, one of its stars, revealed in a recent interview she didn't expect the series to return this year.

This is disappointing news for fans of the hit show who were hoping for a 2018 release date. Some of its seven episodes were more than an hour long. But given that the network opted to air GoT in the spring every year until a longer-than-usual production schedule pushed season 7 to last summer, a return to a spring launch seems logical.

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss announced in 2016 it would finish with 13 episodes spread over a final two seasons.

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