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It’s been a long, long year-plus winter since Game of Thrones‘ 7th and penultimate season. You’d be forgiven for almost forgetting about the show in the time since then despite its status as an international phenomenon and HBO’s most popular series by a long shot. However, now it’s time to remember, as the eighth and final season is nearly here.

This morning, the official Game of Thrones twitter account revealed a dramatic trailer summing up key events from the past seven seasons of the show. And it all leads up to the release month for the last six episodes.

April 2019. It’s later than some fans have anticipated, given that filming ended over the summer and rumors have swirled about a winter 2018-2019 release for some time. Still though, it feels pretty cool to take a step back and realize that we Thrones fans have witnessed the growth and now, the end, of a cultural touchstone in real time.

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Game of Thrones’ eighth season will feature episodes written by Dave Hill, Bryan Cogman, and showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Directors for the six episodes include David Nutter, who previously directed “The Rains of Castamere” and “Mother’s Mercy”, and Miguel Sapochnik, who directed “Hardhome” and the one-two punch of “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” Benioff and Weiss will co-direct the final episode of the series. All of Game of Thrones‘ final season will be scored by series veteran composer Ramin Djawadi.

And now we return to patiently waiting for creator George R.R. Martin’s version of the story.

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