The 10 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)
Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)
Chris Raphael, Amazon

This year is going to be nothing short of amazing for television. The recent premiere of HBO’s True Detective was a hit with fans, and it came right after the announcement of the official premiere date of Game of Thrones's final season. But there's lots more to look forward to on the small screen this year. Here are 10 of the most anticipated TV shows of 2019.

1. Game of Thrones // Season 8

It goes without saying that TV watchers are most excited for Game of Thrones in 2019. The hit show, which has won multiple Emmy Awards since its debut in 2011, is returning for its eighth and final season with six movie-sized episodes. Saying the hype is real would be an understatement. The series will return to HBO on April 14, 2019.

2. Stranger Things // Season 3

A still from 'Stranger Things'
Netflix

Stranger Things was an instant hit for Netflix when it premiered in 2016. Since then, the series has garnered a huge fan base as well as six Emmy Awards. The highly-anticipated third season will debut on Netflix on July 4, 2019.

3. The Mandalorian // Season 1

With Disney+ debuting this year, Star Wars fans are extremely excited for the live-action series The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau. Apart from a promising cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and Werner Herzog, episodes are set to be directed by a host of notable names, including Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard. The series will debut on the Disney+ streaming service sometime in 2019.

4. Veep // Season 7

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
HBO

HBO's critically acclaimed political comedy Veep is coming back for its seventh and final season this year. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led comedy—which has earned the actress a record-setting six Emmy Awards for playing the same character in the same series—will return later this year.

5. Watchmen // Season 1

Comic book fans are in for a treat this year as DC’s Watchmen series, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is set to be adapted for HBO with Damon Lindelof (Lost) as writer and executive producer. Fans have high hopes it will be more successful than the 2009 Zack Snyder film.

6. Barry // Season 2

Bill Hader stars in 'Barry'
John P. Johnson, HBO

Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, and Stephen Root in one show is pretty much automatically good comedy, and Barry found a solid fan base with its first season. Both Hader and Winkler went on to win Emmys for their roles as lead and supporting actor, respectively, in the HBO series. Season two will debut later this year.

7. Good Omens // Season 1

Fans were excited to hear the novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman would be getting a TV adaptation, which is even better considering Gaiman is penning the script and will serve as a showrunner. The series, simply called Good Omens, stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as the personifications of good and evil (respectively) and will debut on Amazon Prime this year.

8. Killing Eve // Season 2

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in 'Killing Eve'
BBC America

Fans of Sandra Oh were ecstatic over her leading a new TV show, and Killing Eve did not disappoint in its first season. Oh recently won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role, and it’s obvious that people want more. The second season will premiere on BBC America on April 7, 2019.

9. The Twilight Zone // Season 1

Fans of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone might have been tempted to roll their eyes at the idea of another reboot ... until they learned that Jordan Peele, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Get Out in 2018, was involved. The show will premiere on CBS All Access this year.

10. Big Little Lies // Season 2

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley in Big Little Lies
HBO

The outstanding cast of Big Little Lies, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, and Alexander Skarsgård, made it a no-brainer success story for HBO. For its first season, the series won four Golden Globes, as well as a whopping eight Emmys. To make the anticipation even greater for Season 2, they went and added the Meryl Streep to the cast. The second season is expected to premiere sometime in 2019 on HBO.

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

Game of Thrones's Episode 3 Teaser May Contain a Hidden Message from Daenerys to Jon

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," had its fair share of moments that could have given away hints for episodes to come, like in the writers' decision to include "Jenny's Song," or in Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen that they're related.

One fan theory about the fate of Westeros, however, comes from the previews for next week's episode. Posted by Reddit user IgnorantSportsFan, the theory centers around one pivotal line uttered during a conversation between Daenerys and Jon: "The dead are already here."

"That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant—but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them," the theory begins."Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people. All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but its GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched?"

The theory certainly adds up, emphasized by the reminder that there were clips included of Arya Stark fighting in the crypts.

Could the dead be rising in the crypts of Winterfell as the White Walkers rapidly approach? We'll find out soon.

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