Tired of waiting? Well, you were just warming up. HBO has officially announced that Game of Thrones‘ eighth, and final season will air in 2019.

The season will be the show’s shortest yet, with only six episodes, one less than last season. No official air date for the season has been announced other than the year, but the show has mostly premiered in either the spring or summer before. The current production schedule should allow for a spring premiere. The season has already begun filming and will continue into the summer of this year. This season will be partly original content and partly based on George R.R. Martin’s outlines for The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

The extra time in between seasons is intended by the showrunners to allow them to make the shorter final season the perfect wrap-up to the series’ epic story. It also might allow time for George R. R. Martin to release The Winds of Winter, the next novel in the series, before the season premieres. The pop culture phenomenon has aired on HBO since 2011, totaling 67 episodes over 7 seasons. Talking about the final season, Jason Momoa, one of the show’s former actors, said:  “It’s going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people.”

Weston Sheffield

Source: HBO, EW

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