Game of Thrones 2019 Return Confirmed by HBO

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Winter will have to wait a little longer. 

HBO has confirmed that Game of Thrones Season 8 will not bow on the network until 2019.  

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That means fans have to endure all of 2018 before getting to find out how the smash hit drama concludes. 

At this rate, we will probably get to read George R.R. Martin's next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series which the series is based on before the TV series returns. 

The 2019 start date is not surprising when you consider the fact that cast members have been speaking about the show as though it's sitting all of 2018 out. 

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Given that Season 8 will mark the end of the line for the characters as they engage in one last battle against the Night King, the anticipation is at an all-time high. 

Game of Thrones Season 7 ended in shocking fashion with the Night King using a blue-eyed Viserion to lay waste to the wall which has kept the villains away from some of the series' biggest locations. 

With the wall down, the rest of Westeros is fair game, and it means winter will be spreading like there's no tomorrow. 

The fate of Tormund was also left up in the air because he was on the wall the time of it being defrosted by the fire-breathing dragon. 

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But, there's also the burgeoning romance between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen that fans will now have to wait in suspense for even longer. 

The show is one of few that has remained consistently great throughout, so it's difficult to imagine the final episodes not being worth the wait. 

Over to you, Game of Thrones Fanatics!

What do you think of the long wait?

Hit the comments below!

Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

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