HBO has just announced that there will be a Season 8 to the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. They also announced that this will be the final season. According to the announcement, Season 8 will have six episodes and will be aired in April of 2019.
About Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones was created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. This story for this fantasy drama was taken from a series of fantasy novels named A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. The title of the television series was taken directly from the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones.
The story is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. In these realms, noble families fight for the Iron Throne, and other families struggle for independence from it.
Although this is a fantasy series, it does not contain much in the way of magic or sorcery but instead focuses on battle and political intrigue.
The cast of Game of Thrones is huge, with names such as Sean Bean, Natalie Dormer, and John Bradley.
Seasons 1 through 6 contained 10 episodes a piece, each lasting between 50 and 60 minutes. The start and end dates for each season are as follows:
- Season 1 – April 17, 2011 to June 19, 2011
- Season 2 – April 1, 2012 to June 3, 2012
- Season 3 – March 31, 2012 to June 9, 2013
- Season 4 – April 6, 2014 to June 15, 2014
- Season 5 – April 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015
- Season 6 – April 24, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Season 7 was a little shorter with only 7 episodes. It first aired on July 16, 2017, and finished on August 27, 2017.
Will Game of Thrones Season 8 Come to Netflix?
Unfortunately, it is pretty certain that Game of Thrones Season 8 will not come to Netflix.
This series is produced by HBO, and HBO and Netflix have been long-time rivals. Indeed, HBO never has and has vowed it never will release any of its content on Netflix. Because of this none of the previous seasons have been released on Netflix, so it can be assumed that Season 8 will come not to Netflix either.
On the other hand, you can purchase digital versions of Seasons 1 through 7 through Amazon, at least in the United States. They are also available to stream at no extra cost if you are a subscriber to Prime Video Channels. They are also available for purchase on iTunes in the United States.
Although Game of Thrones will probably never be available on Netflix, there are plenty of other shows available. Some related series are:
- The Last Kingdom – based on the struggle of Alfred the Great to defend his kingdom against Norse invaders.
- Reign – based on the rise to power of Mary, Queen of Scots.
- The Tudors – based on the controversial reign of King Henry VIII.