Game of Thrones may have just ended but fans shouldn’t get too upset — the first of many spinoffs is already on its way. Back in 2017, around the time of Game of Thrones season seven, HBO teased “zero to five” potential spin-off series.
Now we know that at least three, possibly four, of those potentials are still in development, according to author George R.R. Martin. Jane Goldman (Kingsman), Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), Carly Wray (Mad Men) are helming each project, but Goldman’s is the first out of the blocks. In fact, filming has already begun in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is where much of Game of Thrones was shot.
We’ll be collecting everything there is to know about the Game of Thrones prequel series, including the cast, story, release date, and trailers. Keep checking back for updates, and in the meantime read all the answers we have so far.
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts was the first cast member announced, and is starring alongside Josh Whitehouse (Poldark). Joining them is an impressive cast, including Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Twilight Saga), Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Denise Gough (Colette), Sheila Atim (Harlots), and Alex Sharp (To the Bone).
The latest cast additions include some familiar faces: Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter), Marquis Rodriquez (Iron Fist), John Simm (Doctor Who), Richard McCabe (Collateral), John Heffernan (Collateral), and Dixie Egerickx (upcoming The Secret Garden remake).
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The prequel series will not be based solely on George R.R. Martin’s novels, as Game of Thrones was. However, Martin did tease fans, telling them they should “pick up a copy of Fire and Blood and come up with your own theories.” Fire and Blood is a 736-page companion novel to the A Song of Ice and Fire series and is written in the style of a textbook about the history of Westeros.
As of yet, there is no release date. However, as filming has only just begun, it’s safe to say it own’t premiere earlier than 2020. More likely, the Game of Thrones prequel series will land in 2021.
The prequel is referred to as The Long Night by Martin, but its working title during filming is reportedly Bloodmoon.
We don’t know much yet about the plot. However, it’s set around 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones, so don’t expect to see any familiar faces, or dragons for that matter.
HBO’s official synopsis revealed the series “chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” and that “from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.” The network also said Watts’ character is “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
As filming has only just begun, there are no trailers yet. They will be added as soon as they’re available.