Final season of 'Game of Thrones' given official release date

Final season of 'Game of Thrones' given official release date

Around once a year, the large fanbase surrounding the fantasy series Game of Thrones go a bit mental. Whether it's the frantic discussion about a previous episode or the impatient anticipation for the next after a particularly nail-biting cliffhanger, the conversation is incredibly passionate. For fans, it's a big deal that defines a number of weeks' conversation, while for non-fans, it's probably annoying as hell to hear about it so much.

Credit: HBO

The viewers eagerly awaiting the next time the show will grace our screens have an even greater set of expectations given that the next season will be the final one. While the books are still years away from coming to a close, when the next lot of episodes roll around we will get to see where various characters end up and who will finally take their position on the iron throne.

The previous season, the show's seventh, saw a lot of movement as the plot picked up the pace. After waiting for years for certain characters to come face-to-face, we got to see these conflicts play out and interactions fans have been dreaming about since we were first introduced to the world of Westeros back in 2011. And the next season is set to bring even more to the big screen, as well as conclusions to various character arcs.

Game of Thrones night king Credit: HBO

In an interview with Metro this week, Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, spoke about the final season and what it was like leaving the show after starring in it since the age of 13. "It’s going to be really odd not seeing the cast regularly. We all get on so well and we are such a tight-knit group," she said, before talking more specifically about where she hopes her own character will end up.

"I’ve always said I wanted her to find peace. The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that’s accompanied her on this journey. I’d love for her to be happy."

Then, she offhandedly revealed what many of us have been waiting for - the release date of the first episode of this final season, which it seems will be coming in Spring 2019.

Credit: HBO

"We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]," she said. "That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes."

"There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities."

While you would think that Game of Thrones would have set the 20-year-old actress off to a flying start, it turns out she has some worries about the future of her career, as she recently revealed.