Despite not winning as big at the 2019 Emmys as many had predicted it would, Game of Thrones continues to dominate conversation, not least because the prequel is very much underway. No, we’re not going to say ‘it’s coming’, we’ll just say it’s on the way.
Much has been made of where the prequel will be set, what it will cover and who will be in it so we’ve rounded up what we know so far into a package tighter than an Iron bank accountant. Lord Varys would be proud.
It’s underway and should be here by 2021
HBO confirmed that the show was underway, backed up by casting announcements and showrunner Jane Goldman's husband (UK TV presenter Jonathan Ross) confirming that the team had been filming in a 'car park in Belfast' to keep things secret.
It’s set ‘thousands’ of years before Game of Thrones
After much speculation (100 years! 300! 5000!) details of the exact timeline are still fuzzy but it will apparently be set thousands of years before Westeros, during which the Wall and White Walkers were created. A description reads that it will cover the “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
Jane Goldman will be a showrunner
Goldman is the English screenwriter and producer behind Kick-Ass, Stardust and co-writer of Kingsman. Are you excited by this news? You should be. If Goldman brings her trademark brio, ear for snappy dialogue and eye for bone crunching violence, her lightness of touch could make this prequel outstanding.
Naomi Watts has already been cast
Slated to play a "charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret." Watts will be joined on screen by John Simm, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.
It will be called The Long Night. Maybe
Commenting on a blog post by Naomi Watts, George R R Martin opened with the statement, "Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series ordered to film.”
Since then though, HBO haven’t acknowledged the title and there was even an episode of GOT season 8 called that and Martin clarified that he’d like it to be called that, telling Entertainment Weekly:
“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.”
Expect More Starks
“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.
But no Lannisters
“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.