Game of Thrones releases new season 8 teaser, official premiere date

Luckily, the wait is nearly over since we now know the premiere date of the eighth and final season!

On Friday, HBO teased the arrival of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, revealing that the season's trailer would arrive just ahead of Sunday's (January 13th) showing of True Detective.

This eighth season is only six episodes long, which means the finale should be on May 19 if HBO doesn't skip any Sundays.

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Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) are wandering in the crypts of Winterfell, where once their father Ned Stark was seen having a conversation with Robert Baratheon. Directors for these episodes include: Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the iconic "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" episodes as well as "The Winds of Winter"; David Nutter, who directed the episodes "The Rains of Castamere" and the final two Season 5 episodes "The Dance of Dragons" and "Mother's Mercy"; and Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. While it did not feature any new episodes in 2018, Game Of Thrones was still the most highly-pirated series of the year, going neck-and-neck The Walking Dead, which took the crown for the most-pirated show with new episodes in 2018.

It's confirmed that the final season will premiere in 13 weeks' time with the promise of a chilling reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. They then come upon memorial statues of themselves as the crypt begins to turn icy cold, presumably as the Night King nears. In the meantime, you can read INSIDER's key predictions for the final season here. The series will return for one last ride in April of 2019.

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