It might be not out until next year but Game Of Thrones is T-R-E-N-D-I-N-G, trending.

I genuinely don’t know if there’s ever been a show with as much excitement and buzz around it as Game Of Thrones – surely the final season is going to be one of the best TV series ever.

(Really hope I haven’t jinxed it there.)

Speculation has been rife for what seems like forever about when the final season will be dropping, with most people guessing at April given that’s when it usually arrives.

And as it turns out, we were right, because yesterday HBO announced that the eighth and final season is coming in April, 2019.

They announced the news via their Twitter with throwback footage from the previous seasons.

They captioned the montage with:

“Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every Fight. Every Sacrifice. Every Death. All #ForTheThrone”

Check it out below:

But the good news doesn’t stop there, folks, because Thrones director David Nutter (who helmed several episodes in season eight) has revealed that each episode of the final series will be “longer than 60 minutes”.

Nutter announced the news while doing a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, saying:

“Season eight episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”

In the AMA, Nutter also described season eight as: “Spectacular, inspiring, satisfying.”

All the things I hoped it would be.

He also revealed that there would be some jaw-dropping surprises and twists ahead.

“As far as season 8 compared to the Red Wedding I just have to tell you — hang onto your seat cause it’s going to be special,” Nutter said.

Holy moly.

The Red Wedding episode pretty much broke the internet when it aired so if anything in the upcoming season compares to that I think it’s fair to say Twitter may never be the same again.

In regards to why we’ve waited for so long for the final season, Nutter explained that it was down to the “visual effects.”

“Things take time my friends — they take a lot of time to create and GoT is the last place you’re going to find half baked work so it’s all about making sure they fill the frame with as much capacity as possible and making it as real and right as possible.”

“Small price to pay for the amazing quality that comes out of that show.”

He also explained:

“I’m completely satisfied with how season eight ends. I think that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned

“I guarantee there’s going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it’s really very compelling stuff.”

Oh, and he did also add an interesting titbit.

When quizzed about the Army of the Dead he remarked:

“The White Walker army will not be the only issue our characters have to face in season eight, they have to also face each other.”

There we have it; the guy in the know has essentially confirmed how awesome the final season is going to be (although of course he would say that).

I just feel sorry for the people who aren’t into the show – the next 6 months or so are going to be hell with everyone talking about it.

For the rest of us, bliss.

Images via HBO