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Last week, Deadwood star Robin Weigert (who majestically played the kickass Calamity Jane for three seasons of the HBO show) casually mentioned to the LA Times that a movie version of the gloriously profane series stood a 90% chance of happening.

Speaking to the press at the Television Critics Association summer tour on Wednesday, HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed that the eighth season of Game of Thrones will begin airing in the first half of 2019. Only one remains, and production on that is aiming to begin next year as the mothership series comes to an end after eight seasons.

HBO had five different scripts to choose from before deciding on Martin and Goldman's prequel.

Early this month, HBO announced Season 2 of the porn industry drama series would premiere September 9.

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin worked with Goldman on the project, but she will serve as showrunner. So far, the upcoming prequel series is being described as "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour". With that, Casey Bloys offered the tiniest of updates on when to expect Game of Thrones back on the air. Here's what Bloys had to say about it. We now know that June 30th is the latest we'll have to wait. "We're very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in".

On Wednesday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys told reporters in LA that while HBO is shooting the pilot for one potential "Game of Thrones" spinoff, there are now no plans to move forward on the four other previously announced ideas.