By Eliana Dockterman
Updated: January 4, 2018 2:48 PM ET | Originally published: August 26, 2017

HBO has announced that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019. This means that fans must wait at least a year to find out what happens to Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of the Westerosi.

When Does Games of Thrones Season 8 Start?

Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact Game of Thrones season 8 premiere date yet. In August, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, told Collider that the final season of the show would start production in October. If the show follows a similar schedule as it has in the past, that means Game of Thrones season 8 could start anytime in 2019, depending on how long and CGI-intensive the episodes are.

In the past, HBO has released a Game of Thrones air date a few months before the new season premiered.

How Many Episodes Are There in Season 8 of Game of Thrones?

HBO split the final 13 episodes of Game of Thrones into two shorter seasons. Season 8 will consist of six episodes. At the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour, Bloys spoke about whether the new episodes would be supersize: “We haven’t had that discussion yet because I don’t know how long the episodes are gonna be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?”

HBO has also announced that David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors of the new season. Season 8 episodes will be written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

In an interview with TIME in March, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told us that they “know what happens in every scene.”

How Many More Seasons of Game of Thrones Are There?

Season 8 will be the final season of Game of Thrones. However, HBO has announced that they are working on four spinoffs for the hit fantasy series. In July, Bloys told reporters that any spinoff will premiere “at least a year” after the final season. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not write any of the spinoffs.


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