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After months of speculation, Game of Thrones' final season confirmed for April 2019

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Nov 13, 2018, 10:40 AM EST

You can stop trying to guess at when the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will arrive on HBO.

In a teaser video released this morning, the network confirmed the show will return in April 2019. No new footage was shown in the teaser, which preferred to revisit some of the biggest moments of the series such as Cersei's walk of shame, Hodor's death, the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, and more. 

The video also introduced the hashtag #ForTheThrone, which obviously highlights the final struggle for the Iron Throne in King's Landing. However, the throne must take a backseat to the more important battle against the White Walkers, which breached The Wall at the end of last season with the help of a zombie ice dragon. 

As it turns out, the rumors that Season 8 would air in the first half of 2019 were true. The final season will consist of six extra-long episodes, the majority of which were penned by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. The duo are also credited as directors for the series finale. 

No titles or runtimes have been announced just yet, but there is talk of each episode being two+ hours like a bona fide feature-length film. That has yet to be confirmed, but it would be very fitting for such an epic series that has a limited amount of episodes in which to wrap up all of its sweeping storylines. 

We already know that there's going to be a major battle sequence, which, according to Peter Dinklage, will make The Battle of the Bastards "look like a theme park."