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

"'Game of Thrones' will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019", the network announced via Twitter.

"When you think about it, up until last season we would have six months to do 10 episodes, so we are doing way more than that for six episodes". HBO said on Thursday that Benioff and Weiss will also direct the final season.

Weiss and Benioff have been co-creators, executive producers and showrunners for every season of the hit show.

When season seven ended late a year ago, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in.

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 USA and Netflix internationally.

The hit sitcom "Game of Thrones" will now return in 2019 after a year's gap, say officials. The season finale was watched by 16.5 million viewers, including people who watched the episode as it aired and night-of streams.

Series star Sophie Turner previously told Variety production on Season 8 began in October and is set to run into the middle of 2018.

The news will be seen as a blow to HBO, which saw season seven deliver its biggest ever ratings.

The show, which has more Emmy Awards than any other narrative series and pulls in more than 20 million U.S. viewers per episode, moved beyond George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels in season six.

Writers for the new season are: Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

Season 7, which had only seven episodes, concluded on August 27, 2017.


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