The last season of Game of Thrones should air in early to mid-2019, according to HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys. The news was uncovered at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to talk about what to expect [from the final season] although it’s pretty great,” Bloys said. “I don’t think we’ve announced a date yet so sometime in ’19… first half.”

He also divulged some information on the five possible spinoffs.

 

“We are doing a pilot that Jane Goodman wrote. Out of five, we’d be lucky to get one that we’re very excited about it,” he said. “We’re just starting the search for a director [and] casting director.”

The others are reportedly either “on hold” or dropped.

One of the show’s stars, Sophie Turner, said the final season is going to be “bloodier than ever,” according to Digital Spy.

“[This season is] full of betrayal, full of war, full of danger,” she added. “That’s all I can say without giving too much away.”

Her character, Sansa Stark, is also going to be more “empowered” according to the actress.

 

“Finally, she has the strength of her family behind her,” Turner elaborated, saying that her character will become the “true leader of Winterfell.”

“That’s where we first see her – as a very protective, empowered lady in charge. It’s the first time you ever see her like that, and it’s so amazing to see her like that – kind of owning her destiny,” Turner said.

Here are some thoughts from fans awaiting the final season: