For anyone who is a huge GoT fan, you'll have been sat waiting around ages wondering just how Westeros will cope with their new-found invaders, (and just whether or not Tormund made it out alive).

We've been told up until now that it'll be around 2019 when we expect to see the TV show return to our screens, but finally one of the actresses has let the cat out of the bag, and it's definitely a lot sooner than we all imagined.

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Speaking to Metro, Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark) revealed the official release date for series eight, and it's an exciting prospect.

"We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]," she confirmed. "That's a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes.


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"There's a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities."

Its not quite this year, and we still have over 15 months to wait, but it's definitely a lot earlier in the year than we received season seven. April 2019, guys. April!

Speaking about the ending of Game of Thrones, Maisie continued:

"It's going to be really odd not seeing the cast regularly. We all get on so well and we are such a tight-knit group. I've always said I wanted her to find peace. The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that's accompanied her on this journey. I'd love for her to be happy."

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So hopefully that means that in the final season, we'll get to see Arya complete her list. Or worst case, she can always get the White Walkers to finish the job for her.

After all, George R R Martin DID promise us all a bittersweet ending.

Katey Roberts

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