Be ready for surprises! ‘Game of Thrones’ final season to release in April next year

New Delhi: Game of Thrones may have wrapped Season 7 last year with a lesser number of episodes, but fans will have to wait for a few more months for the hit fantasy series’ eighth and final season. HBO revealed in a promotional video on Tuesday that the new installment will arrive in April 2019.

With the announcement of the spring 2019 launch of Season 8 of “Game of Thrones,” one thing is now certain: Winter is here.

Standing at six episodes, the new installment will be shorter than past seasons, which have usually had 10 episodes. But then again, when there are fewer episodes each may be longer.

“When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do ten episodes,” Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos told Variety. “So we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”

That could extend to even feature-length episodes at 80 minutes. “Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it’s a great show, so who knows?” Variety quotes HBO’s Casey Bloys as saying.

Lena Headey, who plays the villainous Cersei Lannister, thought her character wouldn’t make it it to the end of Season 7. “I [assumed] oh, I’m going to die,” she told Time about reading the script. “And then, I went straight to the end. I was really in shock. I think obviously, now, there’s got to be some body count at the end of [season] 8.”

Good news is that John Snow’s direwolf, Ghost will be back! The show’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Bauer, told Huffington Post that Ghost “has a fair amount of screen time” in the new season.