When does ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 start? How many episodes are left? Which cast members will return?

We know, we know, “Game of Thrones” just concluded its blockbuster seventh season on Sunday night (read our finale recap), but it’s never too early to start talking about Season 8. While it’s unknown as of this writing when “Game of Thrones” Season 8 will actually debut on HBO, the paycaster has confirmed that it will be the final season. And, at only six episodes, Season 8 will officially be the shortest season on record. The first six years all had 10 episodes, while Season 7 had seven episodes.

HBO head of programming Casey Bloys is allowing creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to take as long as they need to plot out Season 8, which means we may have to wait until 2019 to see the epic conclusion of “Game of Thrones.”

The good news? The show’s mammoth cast should return in full next year — at least, those whose characters weren’t killed off in Season 7. Here’s the complete list of “Game of Thrones” series regulars who are listed in the opening credits:

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Conleth Hill as Varys
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
Hannah Murray as Gilly
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Joe Dempsie as Gendry
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont

At the conclusion of the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale, the White Walkers destroyed the Wall with the help of their new zombie dragon. With the hoard of White Walkers now marching into Westeros, the battle between the living and the dead is sure to be the focus of “Game of Thrones” Season 8. We can hardly wait — can you?

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