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2018 looks like being another great year for television, with a number of exciting new projects and returning hits all on the horizon. There is, however, one gaping, Wall-sized hole in the schedule (and our hearts), because for the first time since it started there’ll be no new season of Game of Thrones this year.

Having been rumoured ever since Season 7 ended, HBO last week confirmed that Thrones would not return to screens until sometime in 2019. Although the eighth and final season has a shorter run, with just six episodes, it’s expected they’ll be longer and bigger than ever before. With almost everyone now together the shoots will take longer, and the extra CGI only adds to the lengthy hiatus.

It’s not all despair though, because there’s plenty of (potentially) good TV on the way, like Netflix’s starry new comedy Maniac (which features Emma Stone and Jonah Hill), the Coens’ Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and the return of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Marvel’s Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Daredevil. They all hold promise, but don’t necessarily scratch the itch of wanting more GoT. Hopefully, though, that’s what these shows will be able to do.

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