HBO has fianlly announced the exact date that Game of Thrones will return.
Exactly three months from today, the much-anticipated Emmy Award-winning drama will begin its final season on 14 April 2019.
The news was confirmed in a trailer, named “Crypts of Winterfell”, which aired before the third season of True Detective, which stars Mahershala Ali.
The Game of Thrones season 8 trailer features Jon Snow, Sansa and Arya Stark stalking through their family home’s underground passages, walking past statues of Ned and Catelyn Stark as prophetic lines of dialogue from past seasons echo. Notably, we hear Ned telling Jon: “You are a Stark – you might not have my name, but you have my blood.”
This is earlier than what fans of the fantasy series had predicted: taking into account the forthcoming second season of Big Little Lies, they estimated that Thrones‘s eighth run would land on 28 April.
It’s expected that Sky Atlantic will simulcast and broadcast the premiere the following evening (29 April).
Following the confirmation, fans can officially begin the countdown to the final six episodes of the cable network’s biggest ever show.
Teasing the final episodes, which will showcase the show’s most elaborate battle yet, co-executive producer Bryan Cogman said:
“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death.”