Los Angeles: It's official, the final and eighth season of epic fantasy show "Game of Thrones" will arrive in 2019.

HBO has confirmed that the show will return in 2019 for a six-episode final season, but the cable broadcaster has not specified the exact date or month. "'Game of Thrones' will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019. David Benioff and D B Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season," HBO said in a statement.

"Writers for the new season are David Benioff and D B Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill," it added. Filming for the final season started in October last year, and is expected to continue until mid-2018.