HBO has revealed that the highly anticipated final season ofGame of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement, which came at the end of a teaser called “Crypts of Winterfell,” was made Sunday ahead of the third season premiere of HBO’sTrue Detective.

The teaser was directed by franchise Emmy winner David Nutter. It also includes an original score from fellow Emmy winner Ramin Djawadi.

Season eight will run for six episodes, one fewer than season seven. What the final run lacks in number, however, it may make up in running time: Individual episodes could run as long as 90 minutes. The April premiere date will also make Game of Thrones eligible for the 2019 Emmys. Season seven took home nine awards, including the outstanding drama series honor.

The final season will feature a lean directing team of veteran Thrones helmers David Nutter (the Red Wedding episode “Rains of Castamere”) and Miguel Sapochnik (the hard-hitting “Hardhome”), as well as creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who are helming the finale. It is said that the final season will feature one episode that is wall-to-wall action, containing the biggest battle sequence in series history.

As for the final notes of the story, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has long promised the tale will end on a “bittersweet” note. Prepare accordingly: Tears, much like winter, are coming.

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