'Game of Thrones' to return in 2019

The company seems to be pulling out all the stops for its final season, recruiting both David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik to direct episodes, along with showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss.

HBO confirms that its hit show will be returning in 2019.

The revelation means fans will have to wait longer than ever for the fantasy drama, which has grown its ratings year after year into one of the most popular shows in the world and HBO's biggest hit of all time.

"When you think about it, up until last season we would have six months to do 10 episodes, so we are doing way more than that for six episodes".

The news comes on the same day it emerged Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has seen another of his books, Nightflyers, given the greenlight by Syfy in the USA and Netflix internationally.

Storm Eleanor cuts power and floods streets amid warnings of gales
The storm is expected to pass quickly through the emerald isle before hitting Britain, where winds can be expected to hit 80mph. The Met Office says gusts of up to 80mph could hit the coast on Wednesday, as the tail end of Storm Eleanor sweeps across.

HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones".

The delay is suspected to give Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin a window to release his long-awaited novel The Winds of Winter from his Fire and Blood series. Of those, 12.1 million watched the episode as it aired, making it the most-watched episode in series history. The new season is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss along with Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, and Carolyn Strauss.

In the other news, GOT fans who are disappointed with the delayed release of the show, here's something to cheer up. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin as co-executive producers.

GOT Season 7 was aired over the past summer.

When season seven ended late past year, an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers tuned in.

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