After an agonising wait, we now finally know when Game of Thrones will be back.
It’s been officially confirmed that the show’s last ever season will begin in April 2019.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga, Game of Thrones first launched in 2011 and a total of 67 episodes have aired so far.
The previous season arrived in summer 2017 and the producers have said they needed an extra year due to the sheer scale of what’s coming up.
Watch the first teaser:
Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the USA and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
Season 8 will consist of just six episodes, but fans have been assured that these final instalments will each be feature-length, so there will be plenty of time to wrap up the epic show’s many, many storylines.
Downton Abbey actor Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones, has revealed the extent of the security measures that have been used this year to stop story details and twists leaking.
Glen told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They’re absolutely paranoid now about anyone finding out anything about the series and spoiling it. We weren’t allowed a written word on a page.”
The Scottish actor added: “Honestly, these six episodes are absolutely phenomenal. The writers really, really came up trumps. The way they pulled it all together was a real writing task.”
The complete Season 1-7 box set is available on DVD on Amazon.