Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire books that inspired the hit TV series, has released details about the upcoming prequel series. Set thousands of years before the events of the Game of Thrones TV show take place, it is due to feature the ancestors of some of the show’s great families, such as the Starks. Others, such as the Lannisters and the Targaryens, will be noticeably absent.
Furthermore, there will be no King’s Landing or Iron Throne in this particular era of the history of Westeros, which HBO describes as concerning itself with “the world’s descent from the golden age of heroes into its darkest hour.” Cast members announced so far include Miranda Richardson, Joshua Whitehouse and Naomi Watts. The series is currently being filmed in Northern Ireland, an area that has become inextricably linked in the public imagination with Game of Thrones.
Other points to be included from the main series are Direwolves, the White Walkers and Casterly Rock, although at this stage Martin claims the Lannisters have not yet taken it over. At this point, it is still occupied by its namesake, the Casterlys. Instead of seven kingdoms, at this point Westeros has at least 100 of what the writer describes at smaller “petty” kingdoms. He also claims there are due to be about five prequels in total. Although untitled, Martin has stated that he prefers the title The Long Night. Those working on the show’s set, however, are reported to be calling it Blood Moon.
News about the show comes not long after Martin insisted he was aiming to finish the long-awaited sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, titled The Winds of Winter, by 2020. This is also thought to be the earliest point at which the first Game of Thrones prequel series will be released.