Sometimes it takes more than 12 months to put together a fantastic season of one of the world's leading TV shows.
Most of the time, we'll get a new season of a hit television series just under a year after the release of the final episode in the current season. Sometimes however, it takes a little longer for those working behind-the-scenes to bring their shows back to the small screen. In fact, it's becoming more of a trend with every month that passes by to keep audiences waiting around two years before getting another hit of their favourite show. With all of that in mind, we've decided to take a look at 5 of the biggest series in the world, which won't be making a comeback until 2019 despite their last outings being in 2017...
Can Cersei Lannister keep her grip on the Iron Throne?
When 'Game of Thrones' returns, it will be for the last time. In its eighth season, made up of six feature-length episodes, audiences will finally see if any of the leading characters will claim the Iron Throne as their own for good, or if the Night King and his army of White Walkers will take over the Seven Kingdoms as planned. It's going to be an intense and chaotic ride, and we can't wait to see what happens - especially when Daenerys Targaryen comes to realise her new lover, Jon Snow, is actually her nephew! Expect fireworks...
4. Stranger Things
One of the most talented ensemble casts on television come together in Netflix original series 'Stranger Things', from the Duffer Brothers. Set in the midst of the 1980s, and taking clear influence from pop culture of that time, this show is one that not only has some of the most nostalgic scenes known to man, but some of the most exciting and unexpected twists and turns. There's no telling just where season 3 will go narrative-wise, but it's pretty clear the residents of Hawkins, Indiana haven't gotten rid of the darkness that lies in the Upside Down for good just yet.
3. Peaky Blinders
Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy in 'Peaky Blinders'
Production hasn't yet started on the fifth series of 'Peaky Blinders', but the hit BBC show is expected to make another huge impact when it returns in 2019. Last time we saw Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby, he became a Member of Parliament, so could he be headed for even higher government, or does he have other plans up his sleeve? We can't wait to find out.
2. The Crown
Matt Smith and Claire Foy in 'The Crown' season 1
The first time jump in this Netflix original series is set to take place in 2019, after two very successful seasons of the show. Olivia Colman is stepping up to play Queen Elizabeth II, and will be working alongside the likes of Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister of the time, Harold Wilson.
1. Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon will return to 'Big Little Lies'
Meryl Streep joins 'Big Little Lies' in its second season, working alongside an all-star cast that already includes the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Following the dramatic final scenes of season 1, which saw a murder mystery solved - at least on the part of the viewers - writers are going to have to do an impeccable job of keeping up the standard if they want to impress everybody watching at home. Let's hope for the best.
Which shows are you most looking forward to seeing when 2019 rolls around?