The Show Won't Return For Its Final Season Until 2019

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Sapochnik has directed four episodes including two of what many fans consider the best of the series: Season 5's "Hardhome" and Season 6's "Battle of the Bastards", the latter of which won him a Best Directing Emmy.

Later, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed that a 2019 date was indeed possible. "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) also said the series would air in 2019.

Cable channel HBO said on Thursday that "Game of Thrones" would return in 2019 for a six-episode final season.

It remains unclear when the show will return in 2019, though David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be directing the majority of the eighth season.

The hit show - based on the series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin chronicling the battle of power for the Iron Throne - has seen a series of shock deaths of major characters over the past seven seasons, along with some surprise returns. But Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss - both American writers and television producers - are also going to be the writers, joining Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.

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"The executive producers of the series are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield".

According to Fairfield, the final season could consist of six feature film-length episodes.

The "Game of Thrones" season six poster.

The third and final director for "Game of Thrones" season eight is David Nutter, who helmed season three's devastating Red Wedding chapter, "The Rains of Castamere", and the award-winning finale of season five, "Mother's Mercy". Why are you doing this to us HBO?! Follow INSIDER on Facebook.

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