What We Know About The Game of Thrones Prequel
With Game of Thrones quickly reaching the end of its run and we get closer to discovering who will end up on the Iron Throne, it's time to turn our attention to the next visit to Westeros and share what we know so far about the prequel series. HBO have ordered a pilot but haven't (yet) commissioned a full series.
What will it be called?
We have no confirmation as yet, but George R R Martin suggested 'The Long Night' as a possible title. This eventually became a title for the Battle of Westeros episode in the final season of Game of Thrones so may no longer be quite what we get.
In a recent interview, Martin said that he'd heard that the title could now be The Longest Night.
What is the show going to be about?
We know it'll be set around 5,000 years before the events that the current Game of Thrones TV series is set. It'll be set in the time of the Age of Heroes - a period of history where iconic and new mythical figures existed in the Game of Thrones universe. HBO have described the show as following "the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour."
We'll find out more about the origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East and more about the Starks of legend.
In a recent interview with EW George R R Martin went shared that instead of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros we've previously heard of, at the time of this story there were more like 100 'petty kingdoms'. Martin confirmed that the Starks would feature alongside Direwolves and Mammoths and "other creatures" but we shouldn't be expecting any dragons.
Who will star in the new show?
Given it's set so far in the past, none of the existing cast are expected to appear. However those who have signed up so far make for an impressive list - Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie and Denise Gough are all being mooted as being key characters alongside John Simm, Miranda Richardson and Jamie Campbell-Bower, Marquis Rodriguez, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Josh Whitehouse, Dixie Egerickx, Ivanno Jeremiah, Denise Gough, Sheila Atim, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo.
Is George R R Martin involved in the show?
Not massively - he has been acting as a consultant and it is inspired by the characters and stories he created and some of the history he's bestowed upon Westeros but it isn't based on his stories. The show is being developed by Jane Goldman (who adapted Neil Gaiman's Stardust and worked on the Kingsman films).
What else do we know about the Age of Heroes?
It's the time in which many of the great houses that we know are formed - it's before the time of the Targaryens but will feature the likes of the Starks. We might get to see the story of Bran the Builder - who built the wall that protected Westeros from the undead armies in the North. Lann the Clever - the first of the Lannisters and the Grey King of the Iron Islands.
It also might feature legendary figures like the blind knight Symeon Star-Eyes, Garth Greenhand and the original Prince That Was Promised, Azhor Ahai.
When will the Game of Thrones prequel air?
We don't know yet - HBO aren't rushing and Game of Thrones itself went through two pilot episodes so it could be some time before the first series is even ordered, let alone filmed and prepared for broadcast. That said, we can't see HBO wanting to have their biggest property off the air for too long so we reckon it'll hit our screens in the next two years, three at a real push.