It will be a long wait for Game of Thrones (GOT) fans as they will have to wait for more than a year to see the final end of the award-winning saga.

The medieval fantasy series has millions of fans worldwide who were anxiously waiting for season eight of the series to release this year but the creators of the show have announced that they will skip 2018 and delay the release of the season finale till 2019.

Cable channel HBO, which is the production house for the series, announced on Thursday that GOT will be returning to screens in 2019 for a six-episode finale season. This fantasy series is HBO’s biggest hit ever with some 30 million viewers in the United States alone and billions of fans worldwide.

HBO did not announce the month in which the series will be released.

Fans were eagerly waiting for the season finale as it is expected to reveal which of the warring families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros will win the multigenerational struggle for control of the mega Iron Throne.

Production of the season finale already started in October and it is expected to last till the middle of this year. Multiple endings will be filmed so that it can be ensured that the real ending is protected from leaks and hacks.

Last year, hackers were able to get their hands on several episodes, prompting HBO to air them before the release date.

The seventh season ended last August with an average of more than 30 million US viewers per episode across multiple platforms. Some of its seven episodes were more than an hour long.