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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Release Date Reportedly Set For 2019

The Game of Thrones season 8 release date is undoubtedly one of the big stories in television today. The series has been monumentally successful, and it is hard to imagine now that it was something of a gamble to televise this fantasy world back when the show first appeared on our screens.

With the final series wrapping up the Game of Thrones universe, or at least until those involved are tempted to resurrect the production, there will be huge anticipation ahead of the release of this cinematic season. HBO has already confirmed that season 8 will consist of entirely feature-length episodes.

Game of Thrones Season 8 release date
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Game of Thrones season 8 release date

But the broadcaster has also stated recently that the Game of Thrones season 8 release date is set for 2019. And it is probable that it will be towards the end of next year rather than the start, meaning that fans may have to wait close to 24 months for this massive television series to arrive. Spoilers are already appearing online, yet the accuracy of this information must be questioned at the current juncture.

A Game of Thrones season 8 release date of 2019 is intended to provide the production with as much time as possible to produce something truly outstanding. The scope and ambition of this phenomenally successful television series has extended as its prominence has increased, and season 8 is intended to truly blow fans away.

Fan favorites return

HBO has also confirmed that many fan favorites from previous episodes will be back in the final season. Season 8 will comprises six lengthy episodes, and many of the biggest names in the Game of Thrones franchise will be involved.

David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, the brains behind ’Mother’s Mercy’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’ will shoot episodes alongside creators David Benioff and DB Weiss. And it sounds as if the ending of the series will be particularly hard-hitting, at least based on the opinion of Kit Harington. The actor who plays Jon Snow confessed that “I’m really emotional about [the end]. We had the read-through last week, in fact, so I know everything now. I cried at the end!”

However, there is some respite for fans eagerly awaiting the Game of Thrones season 8 release date. Creator George R. R. Martin is expected to release his hotly anticipated novel ‘The Winds of Winter’ from his Fire and Blood series, so this will at least provide some Game of Thrones action to those keen to see some.

Major press release

HBO has also issued a press release on season 8, indicating that Benioff and Weiss will also write the new season along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. The creators will also be executive producers, with Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield also involved. Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin are listed as co-executive producers, and the array of talent will certainly whet appetites.

When considering the Game of Thrones season 8 release date, it is important to note that previous seasons have aired in the spring and summer. This does suggest that the wait for the eighth season may not be as long as 24 months, and fans may instead have around 18 months to wait until the culminating episodes hit our television screens.

Speculation rife

With 18 months to pass between now and the ultimate release of this massive season, speculation is already rife on the Internet. A number of wild theories are circulating regarding what will happen in the Game of Thrones universe, as the narrative is certain to end with a catastrophic conflict. It will also be interesting to see whether the possibility of further sequels is left open, and whether or not a spin-off series of some nature may be created.

Spin-offs have certainly had a checkered history throughout their airing on television, but there have been one or two success stories alongside the more cynical offerings. The Simpsons famously spoofed useless spin-offs in a classic episode, but shows such as Frasier indicate that it is possible for spin-offs to match, or even surpass, the series from which they are derived.

While the reception to the Game of Thrones news that has leaked so far has been largely positive, it has been noted that there have been a few women involved in its production and writing. This has drawn criticism in some quarters, yet the quality of the series means that it is difficult to criticize the recruitment on Game of Thrones.

Martin series airing

Although we have to wait until 2019 for the Game of Thrones Season 8 release date, another series based on the works of George R. R. Martin will air on Syfy. Nightflyers is based on the 1980 Martin novella and 1987 film, and will star Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, and Brian F. O’Byrne.

A press release indicates that “Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other–and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.”

Certainly this sounds like a televisual product that will be unmissable for fans of the Game of Thrones universe. Martin will be executive producing the new series, alongside Jeff Bruhl (Jacob’s Ladder), Gene Kleinn (Suits), David Bartis (Suits), Doug Liman (American Made), and Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist). It will also be made available on Netflix, and the consensus of opinion is that it will air before the Game of Thrones season age release date.

Waiting until 2019 will not suit all fans of Game of Thrones, but it is clear that something spectacular is planned for the final season of this iconic show.