The final season of GAME OF THRONES will not premiere on HBO until 2019, the premium cable network announced Thursday.
The network also announced the directors for the final season: showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers for the new season are Benioff & Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
The final six episodes will bring the main Game of Thrones story to an end, but the network is far from done with the world created by George R. R. Martin in his A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
HBO is developing no less than five potntial spinoff series.
Cogman is working on one, Max Borenstein and Brian Helgelan are each working solo on their own potential follow-ups to the hit fantasy series and Jane Goldman and Carly Wray will each b teaming up with Martin on two other projects.
There are no plot details for any of the potential series but we do know they will explore different time periods in Westeros, and none of them will feature any of the current cast members.
Any Game of Thrones spinoff – and there is no guarantee even one will ever make it to air – will not happen until the original series concludes after its upcoming eighth season.
Linda Ge | TV Editor