Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Everything George RR Martin revealed about Game of Thrones prequel

Everything George RR Martin revealed about Game of Thrones prequel

HBO's hotly anticipated prequel to "Game of Thrones", which will star Naomi Watts in an unknown role, is shrouded in mystery. "Here are things like direwolves and mammoths", he said.

If you're still reeling from a large Game of Thrones hangover, you won't have to worry for long as five GOT prequels are being planned, with George R.R. Martin's heavy involvement.

The series is set 5,000 years before, as the "golden Age of Heroes descends to its darkest hour", according to HBO.

Relatively speaking, it seems that there will have been more of a sense of order and governance in the Seven Kingdoms-era of the Game of Thrones universe, with these 100 kingdoms apparently resulting in warring factions and lots of opportunity for great televised drama. The Starks were the linchpin for much of the action and events in Game of Thrones.

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As for the other noble Houses in Westeros, Martin confirmed that the prequel predates the rise of the Lannister family, but there is another family that's residing in the future Lannister homestead. Instead of seven kingdoms, the prequel series will have "a hundred petty kingdoms". But, we may get to see a glimpse of House Lannister later on as it was them (founded by Lann the Clever) who swindled the Casterlys from Casterly Rock.

'The Starks will definitely be there, ' Martin said, while adding that the family's iconic pets, the direwolves, will also be part of the story. Martin prefers this title but said he is also alright with the title The Longest Night. It's unclear if the upcoming show will one day explore how the Lannisters came to take over Casterly Rock, but this at least won't be shown in the beginning. Apparently, the working title, Bloodmoon, might not be the final name, as Martin revealed that officially, the show is still untitled. To avoid confusion, Martin wouldn't mind a variation: "I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn't mind".

Reports about the show's casting have previously suggested the spin-off may follow Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denis Gough as the lead characters. For the author, both titles would be pretty good contenders.

"For Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor until recently". He continued, "I think that will be true for this show too". TheA Song of Ice and Fire author confirmed that there will be White Walkers, early members of House Stark (the pack survives), and quite a few new kingdoms at play in the new series.

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