HBO isn’t finished with Game of Thrones just yet. The network just ordered a prequel from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and writer Jane Goldman. The series will be set thousands of years prior to the original show and explore the decline of Westeros’ golden Age of Heroes.
Fans of Martin’s books are well acquainted with the Age of Heroes. Thousands of years before Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was born, the Age of Heroes marked the beginnings of many of the famous houses on the show, including Stark and Lannister.
Martin and Goldman have not released any details about the prequel’s storyline, but it will likely feature characters like Lann the Clever, who made House Lannister great, and Bran the Builder, who built The Wall and Winterfell. The end of the age was highlighted by the Long Night and one of the most epic battles with the White Walkers in the history of Westeros.
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HBO has not released an official time table for the prequel. The project also doesn’t have a name. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network will not begin production on the prequel until after Season 8 of Game of Thrones is a wrap.
This means that we probably won’t hear much about the new project until after 2019, with the Season 1 premiere likely happening the following year.
Given the setting of the prequel, we won’t see any familiar faces from the original show. The only exception to this is the Night King, who will almost certainly show up at some point. Even Dan Weiss and David Benioff are bowing out after Season 8 and will not be a part of the prequel series.
The duo are slated to work on the next Star Wars movie, which should take up the majority of their schedules.
Martin is planning on running the prequel with Goldman (who worked on X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service) serving as co-creator. Goldman and four other writers pitched different Game of Thrones spin-off ideas to HBO.
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The network ultimately went with Goldman’s show, though the other four could also be developed in the future. HBO has not given the green light for an entire season, though considering the success of the original series, the prequel will already have a massive fan base to begin with.
Production for the final season of Game of Thrones is currently underway. The series is expected to return to HBO sometime in 2019.