Like the White Walker army approaching Westeros, the final season of Game of Thrones is shambling towards its premiere after taking 2018 off. Through a new-ish video (with no new footage), HBO revealed that season 8 will begin sometime in April 2019.
For those not savvy to the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the show, the eighth and final season will be comprised of six episodes, episode one written by Dave Hill, episode two by Bryan Cogman, and the rest written by showrunners and whitest men alive David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, who will also direct the series finale.
On the directors' side, David Nutter, who directed "The Rains of Castamere," will helm the first, second, and fourth episodes, while Miguel Sapochnik ("Hardhome," "The Battle of the Bastards," "The Winds of Winter" episodes) will direct episodes 3 and 5, the penultimate episode. With the show being as secretive as it is, I'm sure that cast and crew received self-destructing scripts, and HBO likely hired a team of assassins to thwart any potential leakers.