‘Game of Thrones’ Sets Official Date for Beginning of the End

Jon Snow's been waiting a long time for these final episodes.                  Macall B. Polay  HBO

Jon Snow's been waiting a long time for these final episodes. Macall B. Polay HBO

HBO has released the first Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer, offering our first look at footage from the final season of the most popular series in the pay cable network's history.

HBO made the announcement ahead of True Detective season three's premiere, along with a new and chilling Stark-centric teaser, which you can find below.

Jon, Sansa and Arya meet at the end of the crypt, where they come face to face with statues of their own.

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It's official: Game of Thrones' final season comes crashing into our lives April 14, 2019. It's hard to say which bomb will drop first - that Cersei has no intention of helping them fight the dead, that Dany and Jon are actually related, or that as the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. That means that in the Philippines (GMT+8), the episode will air at 9 am Monday, April 15, over on HBO and HBO GO, according to a press release. There will only be six episodes in the final season, one less than previous seasons.

HBO kicked off the year with calculated Game of Thrones hype, starting with a four-second clip snuck into an ad during the Golden Globes. In the meantime, you can read INSIDER's key predictions for the final season here. The service had previously said only that the show will return in April.

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