The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones, produced by HBO, premiered on April 14, 2019. Filming officially began on October 23, 2017 and concluded in July 2018. Unlike the first six seasons that each had ten episodes and the seventh that had seven episodes, the eighth season only has six episodes. Season 8 will be shorter than previous seasons, consisting of six episodes, due to the smaller amount of story content remaining, as well as the increased production values and time required to film episodes involving larger set pieces than in previous seasons. Season 8 will be the final season of Game of Thrones.