Is the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ Delayed?

It seems like we’ve been waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones since the beginning of time. We’ve known for some time that the last season of our dragon-filled show is slated to return in 2019. Season 8 of GoT was initially delayed so that that the show’s showrunners and creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss could give fans the epic send-off that we all deserve. Now, though HBO promised us that the show would appear in the first quarter of the year, it looks like they actually meant the first half of 2019.

Daenerys Targaryen stands before her throne.

Daenerys Targaryen | HBO

April 2019

We were all looking forward to coming face-to-face with the White Walkers in the winter months of 2019, but now it appears we will all have to wait for Spring. HBO has officially announced that the final season of Game of Thrones will debut in April 2019. We don’t have an exact date just yet, but the fact that we know the series airs on Sundays means it will return April 7, 14, or 28. (We’re just going to assume that the show won’t debut on Easter Sunday.)

The final season of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series will have just six episodes. However, before your blood starts to boil you should know that each episode will be mega-sized. We’ll be watching the union between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow and their battle against Cersei Lannister as if we were watching six, feature-length films.

Now that they’ve announced a ballpark release date, HBO has also released the first teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones. Of course, the network hasn’t given us any new footage to decipher. However, their #ForTheThrone campaign complies all of the beloved characters who have battled for the Iron Throne, many dead and some still living, and all that they have gone through to get to this point.

The teaser trailer which runs for just over a minute has actress Lena Headey who plays Cersei Lannister’s voiceover saying, “When you play the game of thrones you win — or you die.” In their press release for #ForTheThrone, HBO stated that the teaser “showcases the extremes the show’s characters have gone through in their quest for the Iron Throne.”

Since we are now seven seasons deep into the series and April 2019 is still 100 years away, fans and newcomers to GoT still have plenty of time to tuck in for the winter and binge watch the entire series in preparation for what’s to come.

The Long Night

If you’re distraught that Game of Thrones is coming to an end, don’t fret. HBO and Martin have not forsaken us completely. In fact, in 2020 we can all expect a GoT prequel that will tell the legacy of the Targaryens. Though the prequel is currently untitled, Martin has revealed that he hopes it’s called, The Long Night.

Jon Snow on a boat with several other men in "Hardhome"

Jon Snow in “Hardhome” | HBO

The series is the brainchild of writer, Jane Goldman, who wrote Kingsman: The Secret Service and is set 1,000 years before the current events on Game of Thrones. Not much else has been revealed about the prequel, but we do know that actress Naomi Watts has signed on for an undisclosed role.

We’ll be on watch until April!

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