You can imagine how well the series' die-hard fans took that news -- about as well as a flaming arrow to the chest. Since the announcement earlier Thursday, there has been a lot of venting on Twitter. Fans feelings toward HBO right now are awfully similar to those of King's Landings residents toward Cersei Lannister during her walk of shame.
Fine, that might be a little extreme, but you get the point: People are sad, disappointed, and angry, and they're using GIFs and memes to show it. Below are some of the best reactions to the long gap between seasons.
HBO has officially confirmed that Game of Thrones will return in 2019! pic.twitter.com/92s7R9UzY2— Game of Thrones Memes (@Thrones_Memes) January 4, 2018
Game of Thrones doesn't come back till 2019. What is this nonsense. pic.twitter.com/atCzDJC1Vl— Noor (@NTagouri) January 4, 2018
When you realise there is no Game of Thrones this year pic.twitter.com/NcWJ6CBt7J— David ⚡️ (@itsdxvid) January 4, 2018
Only four days into 2018 and I'm already done because Game of Thrones isn't coming back until 2019. Is this what they meant by the long night?— Brielle Barbusca (@BrielleBarbusca) January 4, 2018
game of thrones is officially coming back with its last season next year. i'm not ready to say goodbye.— bea (@watsonlott) January 4, 2018
Final season of Game of Thrones is coming 2019.... and with only six episodes. 😒 pic.twitter.com/f0s53jrjMK— The Boi (@ChuBoi) January 4, 2018
These 6 episodes better be feature length— Mike Anthony Moreno (@moreno31311) January 4, 2018
WHEN EXACTLY WHAT MONTH??? pic.twitter.com/XpHbB5Va0c— 💫 ℝίτα 💫 (@JonxDanyy) January 4, 2018
2019. Game of thrones. Only 6 episodes. Each episode better be 3 hours long 😑— Naa 💋 (@akleh_o) January 4, 2018
How do they expect us to wait till 2019 for Game of Thrones smh— Ronit Shahi (@ShahiRonit) January 4, 2018
As bad as "Game of Thrones" fans think we have it, we have to remember that it could always be worse. Readers waiting for George R. R. Martin's upcoming book "The Winds of Winter" have been doing so for years and they still don't know when they'll be able to get their hands on a copy.
Y'all are complaining about waiting till 2019 for Game of Thrones and I'm over here waiting till 2050 for The Winds of Winter— Lady Stoneheart (@LSHNorthAF) January 4, 2018
Of course, that's no consolation for fans of both the TV and book series...
We're definitely in for a long wait, but at least we expect it will be worth it.