The footage was shown as part of a teaser trailer from American broadcaster HBO, which promoted a host of upcoming new shows and returning favourites including Game Of Thrones, Big Little Lies and True Detective. Based on what we've gleaned from various comments by HBO President Casey Bloys in the previous year or so, True Detective is likely to hit in the early winter of 2019, followed by Big Little Lies in the late winter / early spring, and then Game of Thrones finishing things out in late spring.
Most of the Thrones scenes in the preview were pulled from the show's seventh season.
'In two years we'll be eligible for the season 8 work, ' he said during an interview with Huffington Post, 'which we're just beginning now'.
In more promising news, Bauer admitted "he's blocked off his schedule until next May" for Game of Thrones work, which will include filming a prequel. The footage aired in front of the season finale of Sharp Objects.
Rest assured, "first half of 2019" means exactly that, and HBO expects the show will air all its episodes in time for the 2019 Emmy eligibility cut off.
Want more stuff like this? I think the whole series has aimed toward this. I obviously can't say what it is.
Though our night's watch for April may have ended, we can still get a bit excited that dates are narrowing down - even if just a little bit.
The executive producers of Game of Thrones Season 8 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.
Granted, an Irish autumn doesn't usually coincide with an army of the dead invading your hometown and killing everyone you know, but we still need something.