Fans of Game of Thrones are feverishly awaiting the HBO show’s eighth and final season, and actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, dropped a bombshell: When asked during an interview on Variety, if she’s excited for next year’s ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ and season eight of ‘Thrones’, she said “Yeah, I’m really excited. ‘Game of Thrones’ comes out in 2019.”

The much-discussed season eight of ‘Thrones’ began shooting in October, and HBO originally announced 2018 as the target for a debut, but has in recent months indicated that a further date might be more realistic.

Below, are excerpts from the interview on Variety’s website:

What was your favorite scene from last season?

Sophie Turner: It was probably the moment that you realized that Sansa was going to kill Littlefinger [Aidan Gillen] and does kill him, and when you realize that Sansa and Arya Maisie [Maisie Williams] had been scheming behind Litlefinger’s back, which is a pretty impressive thing to do for two young girls against a master manipulator. It was just a really powerful moment for her, to have used up all of her master’s lessons and finally discard him. The student becomes the master now.

What has it been like for you to work through your formative years as an actor on a show like this with so many very good veteran actors?

Sophie Turner: My standards have definitely been raised. It’s a blessing and a curse, “Game of Thrones” being my first job and working with such incredible scripts and such incredible veteran actors, and working with the best crew. It makes you a bit of a snob, I think. And because it was my first job, the actors on “Game of Thrones” are the people I learned to act from. I learned to act watching Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage] and Maisie and Kit [Harrington] and all of these different people. I put them all on such pedestals. The thought of not working with them is almost excruciating to me. They’ve been my growing up.

How will Sansa fare next season without Littlefinger in her ear?

Sophie Turner: It’s going to be tricky for her, because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again. This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.