The final season of Game of Thrones is scheduled for release in 2019, but reports that HBO already has its sights set on the first of five planned prequel series. Today, the premium cable channel announced that a prequel pilot has been officially been greenlit and that A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin will serve as executive producer. Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman will take on the duties of showrunner.

The pilot is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, making the Westeros we’ll see here vastly different from that seen in David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s massively successful series. This series will mark the first time we have seen Westeros without the beloved characters we’ve come to love (and love to hate) since the show premiered in 2011. Weird shit, we know.

Next year, Game of Thrones fans will be forced to transition. Dany, Jon, Tyrion, and all of these familiar faces will see each of their respective stories to the end, making Sundays (Mondays in the UK) a hell of a lot harder for practicing nihilists (or atheists, take your existential pick).

There has been speculation regarding the show’s release date, with most guessing that the new series will premiere sometime in 2020. No official word has yet been released.

In the meantime, you can catch Game of Thrones Season 8 when it premieres on HBO in April 2019. HBO also offers a number of other binge-worthy shows, including Westworld, The Deuce, and True Detective.

Stay tuned for more updates!