Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones dedicated ten years of their lives following it into its finale at King’s Landing. Many thought it was a most unsatisfactory end. However, those still reeling from the end of an addictive era may be getting a fix soon. Talks of the prequel were rampant since the show’s seventh season. The rumor mill went into overdrive!
What’s true? What’s false? What’s already in development?
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Game of Thrones Prequel!
There was more than one prequel in the works:
Knowing that the series was soon coming to an end, the network scrambled to keep the cash cow that was Game of Thrones going and, apparently, began developing four different prequel ideas (later five) during the show’s seventh season.
However, only one of those options made it through to its own pilot so far.
George R.R. Martin will be involved:
George R.R. Martin, author of the series’ origin, Song of Ice and Fire books, is co-creating the prequel with the series’ showrunner Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass).
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the original GOT’s creators will not be around for the prequel.
British director SJ Clarkson has been brought on to direct the pilot. She has also directed and produced the BBC/Netflix production Collateral and directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Dexter, Bates Motel, and the pilot for Jessica Jones.
The epoch will be vastly different:
According to Martin, the prequel will not be set in a similar timeline as Game of Thrones, not even close! Rather, the show will be set thousands of years in the past.
There will also no longer be just Seven Kingdoms, Martin says, “if you go back further there are nine kingdoms and then twelve kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms! That’s the era we’re talking about here.”
Unfortunately, you will still see the good ole White Walkers hanging around, but you’ll also get a glimpse of the Stark family ancestors! The wolf pack survives!
A star-studded cast has been lined up:
Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts will lead the new cast in the prequel. It will also include Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, Denise Gough, and Naomi Ackie! Apparently, the actors have wrapped up their roles on the pilot of the much-awaited HBO series.