Game Of Thrones finale delayed until 2019

'Game Of Thrones' fans will have to wait a whole year to learn the fate of their favourite characters.

The 'Game of Thrones' season six poster. Picture: M-Net.

LONDON - Game Of Thrones fans will have to wait a whole year to learn the fate of their favourite characters, as HBO has confirmed the final season will not air until 2019.

Fans of the hit show - starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Gwendoline Christie - will have to wait a whole year to find out the fate of their favourite characters when the final six episodes will be screened.

HBO said in a statement: "Game Of Thrones will return for its six episode, eighth and final season in 2019."

Directors David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik are confirmed to return for season eight, but none of the casting has been revealed.

The hit show - based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin chronicling the battle of power for the Iron Throne - has seen a series of shock deaths of major characters over the past seven seasons, along with some surprise returns.

Emilia Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, recently revealed that she and the rest of the cast have been banned from posting any sneak peeks from the set on social media.

She admitted: "We have a very strict social media ban this year because people need to stop spoiling it for everyone. It's really frustrating."

And even the stars of the show don't know how the final series will play out as producers have taken drastic measures to stop the ending being leaked.

Emilia said: "They've written a number of different endings. So none of the cast know what the actual ending is. If there's ever a leak of any kind, don't believe it because it's probably not true."

The first six seasons of Game of Thrones had 10 episodes, but in 2017 the seventh season had only seven, and now fans have been left waiting for a final season of just six instalments.