While it was originally the plan to end Game of Thrones at Season 8, plans have now been set for up to five prequels.

The eighth series is set to release in 2019, however HBO has plans reaching far beyond that now. Last year, it was reported that the channel was indeed working on prequels. It has now been confirmed by programming president Casey Bloys. Don’t expect anything soon however.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys revealed that it would be 2020 at the earliest before we saw anything related to Game of Thrones hit screens. Bloys said:

‘If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season. We’re not doing a final season and then, ‘following it at 11 pm…’

He said there was no timetable currently, but there were some ‘great writers’ working on the scripts. There are currently multiple versions of things too, with the promise that he’d do anywhere between zero and five. In November it was reported that all five of the shows would be prequels. George R.R. Martin will write alongside the main shows co-executive producer Bryan Cogman.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the final season would be only six episodes long. Although we know the year it’ll come, a premiere date has yet to be announced. Seasons 1-6 all premiered around March and April on HBO, with Season 7 airing later, last July. If they follow that formula for the next season, it will be a year and a half since Season 6 aired.

That’s nothing.

Two years I waited for The Last Jedi. Nearly three years for Rick and Morty and about 20 years for an Aliens movie that didn’t suck. That’s right. Who else wants beef? I have a whole cow to dish out, I am not playing.

So yes, who knows what the prequels could be about. Could we see the life of the Night King before he became all frozen? Perhaps a Stannis story? Or, more pressing, the war that gripped Westeros, during the Mad King’s reign?

We shall see.