Winter is here, but for Game Of Thrones fans winter is going to feel a lot longer.

The hit HBO drama will take 2018 off and return for a six-episode final season next year. However, HBO has not confirmed an exact premiere date as of this time.

HBO also announced that David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will return as directors in the final season.

Sapochnik has directed several episodes of the show, including “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter,” while Nutter directed “The Rains of Castamere,” “Mother’s Mercy,” and others. Benioff and Weiss have previously directed as well on the series with “Two Swords.”

Fans expressed frustration on Twitter about the long wait for the final six episodes.

Let the countdown towards 2019 begin.