Game of Thrones took its final bow earlier this month after eight seasons of fire and ice. But you may not know that a spin-off to the HBO show has already been announced and it could hit screens as early as 2020. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the Game of Thrones Prequel – from the title to the cast and everything else in between!
What’s It Going to Be Called?
As of yet, there’s no official title to the prequel but a couple of names have been floating around the rumour-mill over the last few months. According to some reports, the new show is being referred to as ‘Bloodmoon’ by those working on the set in Belfast. The author and creator of Game of Thrones, George RR Martin had also previously referred to the pilot as ‘The Long Night’. But it should be said that he’s since backtracked and ‘The Long Night’ was the name of Episode Three in Season Eight of Game of Thrones, when the Night King fought at the Winterfell. So we would be surprised if it was used again.
When Is It Set?
Whatever the currently untitled show ends up being called, we do know it will be set around 5,000 years before events in Game of Thrones. That means none of the characters we’ve come to know in the last eight years of Game of Thrones will feature as they’re not even alive yet. But there is one exception. The Night King, played by Slovak actor Vladimir Furdik, will feature in the prequel…
What’s It Going to Be About?
According to HBO, the series “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”
Now if you don’t know your GoT history like you should, the ‘Age of Heroes’ refers to the period of time when the Children of the Forest made a pact with the First Men, which brought about peace. The ‘darkest hour’, on the other hand, is a reference to when the White Walkers first descended on the world.
From that, we think it’s fair to assume that the Prequel will look at the origin of the Night King. There’s also a fair chance it will build the backdrop for the Stark/Lannister love/hate relationship as we know the series will take place when Bran the Builder (the Stark ancestor who built both Winterfell and the Wall) and Lann the Clever (who founded House Lannister) were both alive.
One bit of bad news, however, George R. R. Martin has confirmed there will be “no dragons, no Iron Throne, no King’s Landing.”
Who’s Been Cast?
This is the one bit of the Prequel we know a fair amount about. Leading the cast list is Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, who you may know from the likes of King Kong (2005) and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). She was the first to be confirmed and will be playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”.
There’s been no official word on who she’ll be playing but many have been speculating that she could be playing Nissa Nissa; the wife of a mythical hero named Azor Ahai, who’s known for wielding a burning sword called Lightbringer.
Watts isn’t the only Oscar nominee to land a role either. Miranda Richardson, who played journalist Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter series, has also been confirmed. Elsewhere, Jamie Campbell Bower, who played the young Gellert Grindelwald in the first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has also been cast, as has John Simm; ‘The Master’ in Doctor Who. Georgie Henley, who played Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia, is also set for a major role.
You can check out the full cast list over on IMDB.
Will George R. R. Martin Be Involved?
Thankfully, George R.R. Martin will be involved. Just like Game of Thrones, the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ will be working closely with producers on plot and character development. We also know that his writing partner will be Jane Goldman, who has previously been responsible for the likes of Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). Games of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, however, will not be involved in any capacity.
When Will It Be Released?
While filming has already started in Belfast, HBO have been pretty clear there is no timetable to airing the Prequel series. The pilot firstly needs to get the nod of approval and the network have also stated that even if things go to plan, we’re still looking at a year since the finale of Game of Thrones at least. Which by our calculations means May 2020 at the very earliest. We’ll keep you updated when we have more!
But if you can’t wait that long and need a Seven Kingdoms… sorry, Six Kingdoms and The North fix immediately, here’s some of the most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit!