SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 4, 2018 – Winter will drag on for millions of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans around the world.
HBO announced Thursday the eighth and final season for the acclaimed series will not return until 2019. There is no specific debut date named.
Season 7 concluded on August 27, 2017 with the episode titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” in which many of the main characters including Jon Snow, Danaerys Targaryen, and Cersei and Jamie Lannister met face to face for the first time. The opposing queens agreed to fight the forces of the Night’s King together, but in typical character, fans learned Cersei Lannister plans to double cross the combined forces of her enemies to gain complete rule over Westeros.
The Stark sisters executed Petyr Baelish AKA Littlefinger for his scheming ways. The truth about Jon’s heritage was revealed – he is both a Stark and a Targaryen.
The most terrifying plot twist: the Night’s King has a zombie White Walker dragon, or would this be a White Flyer dragon?
‘Game of Thrones’ continues to grow in popular interest. Season 7 broke the show’s own ratings records. Sixteen and a half million people watched the Season 7 finale, including 12.1 million of them live as it aired, a significant accomplishment in the live streaming era. It was the most-watched episode in series history.
- Haunt the Game of Thrones fan websites, which bubble with endless speculation, gossip, and the occasional leaked photos and video from the sets.
- Follow the actors on social media for any possible news. This is a frustrating exercise most of the time, since they’ve all learned to keep their mouths and Instagram feeds shut. But sometimes they slip.
- Watch the actors in their other projects. Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) recently starred in the HBO miniseries “Gunpowder,” playing his own distant relative, Robert Catesby, the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) plays James in the well-received film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Montana.” Take a stroll through the IMDB database or more ideas.
- Collect the new series of souvenier ‘Game of Thrones’ stamps issues by the Royal Mail in Great Britain to commemorate the series. There are ten in all featuring various characters.
- Read all six published books in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire” which inspired ‘Game of Thrones.’ No excuses, you have plenty of time.
This news will add special intrigue to the ‘Game of Thrones’ panel at the 2018 Comic-Con International in San Diego in late July.
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