Speaking today at the Television Critics Association, HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys offered the first solid hint about the highly-anticipated airing of Game of Thrones season 8. Production is reportedly set to begin in October of this year, with the hope of making a possible spring 2019 release date on the network.
The first five seasons of the show were adaptations of Martin's novels A Game of Thrones, A Clask of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
But the pilot is moving forward and it sounds like production is slated for sometime around when the final Game of Thrones season will air.
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The announcement was made during the TCA summer press tour by HBO president Casey Bloys, who has made promising statements about the movie in the past but this time he made it clear this is really happening.
The prequel takes place thousands of years before Game of Thrones and has been created by GoT author George RR Martin and screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kingsman, X-Men). "It has been a logistical nightmare getting it together", said Bloys in regards to casting, etc. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend... it's not the story we think we know. "By setting it when we did, there's a lot going on, a lot of dynamics that are related to Game of Thrones, but it's different enough with its time period and characters its duplicative".
The end is nigh, fellow Game of Thrones fans. "I'm not going to say what to expect (in the final season) through it's pretty great", Bloys teased.