HBO had five different scripts to choose from before deciding on Martin and Goldman's prequel.
While there's no exact date just yet, previous seasons debuted in either March or April, which seems like a pretty good guess for when the war between the living and the dead will finally come to a head. "And for a show to arouse that kind of feeling, that's what we want". Fans of the series were left without even a single new episode this year, for the first time since the show premiered in 2011.
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in the earlier half of 2019, HBO President Casey Bloys confirmed on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
"There are no plans to make any others at this point", said Bloys. So far, the upcoming prequel series is being described as "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour".
The end is nigh, fellow Game of Thrones fans.
"I don't think we've announced the date, so sometime in '19". Bloys said that isn't going to be the case, but hopes that the new show will go into production in early 2019. This was hard to believe, given that the project had experienced 12 years of starts and stops from HBO with a lot of expressed hope from the cast along the way.