HBO has finally confirmed that Game of Thrones' eighth and final season will air in 2019 with six episodes. This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, however, as it's basically been accepted as fact that we'd have to wait two years for the new season ever since the Season 7 finale at the end of August.
According to a SYFY WIRE report from the same month, production began in October and will run until August, which means HBO has to finish filming all six episodes and then edit them together and add the special effects.
All said and done, it only makes sense that 2019 would be the earliest we'd get to see the new season, especially since the show is usually aired in the spring or summer. Then there was the rumor that the episodes would each be the length of a movie, which, if true, would add more time to the season's turnaround. The biggest piece of proof came from Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), who confirmed 2019 as the release year during an interview with Variety last month.
Directors for Season 8 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter, and Miguel Sapochnik, while the writing staff consists of Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman, and Dave Hill. Benioff, Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, and Bernadette Caulfield will executive-produce, while Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, and George R.R. Martin will co-produce.