“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”, says a smug Ramsey Bolton again in Game of Thrones’ third season. HBO’s flagship, big-budget, genre-defining drama concluded in May to a refrain of combined reactions, which noticed over a million followers petition for its remaking and lots of of its forged specific their disappointment on the response – Conleth Hill described it as a “media-led hate campaign” – to the climax of a present eight years within the making. We had been warned, no less than.
But George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire was, and can doubtless stay, the preferred and financially profitable TV sequence of all time, so when HBO introduced plans for 5 potential spin-offs final yr, followers had been fast to invest as to what realm of the identified world we might be headed to subsequent. As filming is accomplished for a pilot episode of the primary confirmed spin-off sequence, a Game of Thrones prequel, we piece collectively the main points.- Advertisement -
A synopsis from HBO’s official site suggests the prequel sequence will “chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”, going down “thousands of years” earlier than Martin’s unique story. The creator is about to govt produce the sequence, whereas screenwriter Jane Goldman (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kingsman: The Secret Service) will pen the script. The prequel guarantees to discover the “horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history” and the “true origin of the White Walkers”, so a good greater price range (sure, actually) appears to be like set to interrupt additional floor as HBO continues to blur the traces between tv and cinema.
Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive, Birdman) leads the cast-list (so count on extra Cersei-level theatrics), together with John Simm (Strangers), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy) and Marquis Rodriquez (When They See Us), amongst different confirmed names; an thrilling mix of new and seasoned expertise that can doubtless see a wave of younger stars emerge from the present’s inevitable success. In a blog post last year, Martin confirmed that “none of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will seem within the new present.”
The sequence’ official title stays a thriller – The Long Night is Martin’s favoured alternative whereas Bloodmoon is the present working title – as properly plot and character particulars past these detailed in HBO’s official synopsis, although the creator revealed in a current interview with Entertainment Weekly that there’ll be no King’s Landing, no Iron Throne, and no Targaryens (so no dragons this time round). “Westeros is a very different place”, he says. The sequence will, nonetheless, characteristic an earlier era of Starks and can go to some acquainted areas – corresponding to Casterly Rock – Martin confirms.
As unofficial data goes, a picture of a regally-clad Naomi Watts has circulated amongst keen followers, and filming has reportedly taken place in Belfast, the house of the unique sequence. Given the confirmed give attention to the origin story of the White Walkers, it’s additionally extensively anticipated that the Children of the Forest – the tree-hugging beings launched in season 4 of Game of Thrones – will play a big position within the prequel.
While concrete particulars for the upcoming prequel sequence are few and much between, Martin’s shut affiliation to the undertaking and the dimensions of cash and expertise concerned suggests the beloved lore of Westeros is in secure palms.
An Arya standalone sequence doesn’t look doubtless, although. Not as we speak.
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