Here's the real reason why Game of Thrones isn't airing until 2019

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As it turns out, the premiere of Season 8 was pushed to 2019 due to the strength of HBO's relationship with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

There has now been some more details revealed by HBO president Casey Bloys, who has confirmed when the new work will be released.

Asked if season 8 provides a conclusive end and whether we will see a definitive ruler on the Iron Throne, Bloys replied: "I don't even want to answer that!" The final season of the hit medieval series starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke indeed is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, including a dragon-on-dragon battle between Drogon and his undead brother Viserion in the Great War to Come.

And, much like the next season of the show, there will be a long wait for them as well.

Just because HBO's working on ideas for a bunch of Game of Thrones spin-offs doesn't mean all - or indeed any - of them will make it all the way to the small screen.

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"If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season".

He told TV Line that there are some things that are "potentially very exciting". But the gap between seasons 1 and 2 was 15 months, season 2 aired in late October, creators the Duffer brothers are still writing the next edition, and a start-of-production date has yet to be set ... so you don't need psychic powers to deduce we won't likely be revisiting Hawkins this year.

The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could. "We ave some really talented writers working on them". "It's quite a sudden shift, I guess, but it feels like the right time".

A honest apology to everyone who enjoyed HBO's journey to Monterey, California, past year in Big Little Lies-because the drama's second season will not be airing anytime soon.