HBO Announces 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Premiere Date

Jon Snow's been waiting a long time for these final episodes.                  Macall B. Polay  HBO

Jon Snow's been waiting a long time for these final episodes. Macall B. Polay HBO

HBO has released the first teaser for the highly-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones, announcing the series' official return date on the premium cabler.

The premiere date was unveiled in a new teaser trailer, which aired prior to tonight's season three debut of True Detective. Directors for these episodes include: Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the iconic "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" episodes as well as "The Winds of Winter"; David Nutter, who directed the episodes "The Rains of Castamere" and the final two Season 5 episodes "The Dance of Dragons" and "Mother's Mercy"; and Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B.

Discover your new favorite show: Watch This Now! It's hard to say which bomb will drop first - that Cersei has no intention of helping them fight the dead, that Dany and Jon are actually related, or that as the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Hopefully, Bran can make it to the Stark family reunion because as every Game of Thrones fan knows, people you love tend to die.

The series is officially set to return on April 14 with the final six episodes that will serve as a conclusion to the hit fantasy series.