George R.R. Martin Shares Fresh Details On Game Of Thrones Prequel: More Starks, No Lannisters
George R.R. Martin is not done with the final installments of his A Song of Ice and Fire series, but he is sharing new details about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. Fans of House Stark, rest assured: The noble house will be well-represented in the spin-off.
“The Starks will definitely be there,” Martin told Entertainment Weekly once and for all. There will also be direwolves, mammoths, and, well, less-welcome figures: “Obviously the White Walkers are here—or as they’re called in my books, the Others,” Martin said.
One noble house that viewers probably won’t see? House Lannister, since it wasn’t yet formed at the time the prequel is set.
“The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there,” Martin said, referring to the legendary ancestral castle in Lannisport. “It’s like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys—for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.” Since the show chronicles Westeros’s Age of Heroes, we might also see the emergence of Lann the Clever—the sneaky founder of House Lannister who, according to Martin’s lore, basically tricked his way into ownership of Casterly Rock. Martin didn’t mention that might happen on the series, meaning it’s purely theory for now.
The show’s cast is currently comprises Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough, with showrunner Jane Goldman at the helm. It currently does not have a title, though Martin has previously referred to it as The Long Night, adding that he is aware HBO might want to work the words Game of Thrones into the title somehow (synergy!). The writer later walked back his words, clarifying that he just wants it to be called The Long Night. In the E.W. interview, he touched on this topic once again, sharing this curious revelation: “I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind,” he said. “That would be pretty good.”
Words: Yohana Desta