‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season to Premiere in First Half of 2019

TCA 2018: HBO programming president Casey Bloys teases Season 8

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The final season of “Game of Thrones” will premiere in the first half of 2019, president of HBO programming Casey Bloys said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer 2018 press tour.

“Sometime in ’19,” Bloys said after being asked when we can expect the eighth and final season. When pressed, he said that it will air in the first half of next year. We knew it was airing in 2019, but now the window for an actual date is closing a little. As for what fans can expect from the final season? Bloys was tight-lipped, but said it’s “pretty great.”

Pivoting to the spinoff series in the works, Bloys said he hopes the pilot from Jane Goldman will go into production in 2019. “We have to find a director, we have to get it casted,” he said.

What we do know about the prequel is that it takes place thousands of years before “Game of Thrones,” and that the series will chronicle the world’s descent from the Age of Heroes. As the logline says, “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”

Goldman serves as showrunner, and will executive produce with George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman.