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Game of Thrones Prequel…title, release date, rumours and everything we know so far

Game of Thrones Prequel…title, release date, rumours and everything we know so far

Winter is coming…once more

The Game of Thrones prequel has lastly been confirmed by HBO – right here’s everything we know so far about its title, release date, forged, plot and rumours… 


  • There might be as much as 5 prequels ultimately, all happening hundreds of years earlier than the occasions in Game of Thrones
  • One of these, believed to be referred to as The Lengthy Night time, is now casting and would be the first prequel
  • Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been forged within the first prequel

What’s all of it about?

The prequel shall be set hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of Game of Thrones. In response to a HBO press release, the collection “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. 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, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”

White Walker – Credit score: HBO, Nonetheless

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has stated it gained’t function any of the characters from the present collection however will as an alternative give attention to their ancestors. He’s additionally confirmed that the venture gained’t be a spin-off, however a prequel.

Does it have a title?

Type of, sure. Martin gave an replace about it on his weblog on October 30 revealing that “casting was underway for The Long Night, the first of the Game of Thrones successor series…ordered to film.”

Nevertheless, a number of days afterward November four, Martin then stated that the prequel was as but untitled. He wrote: “HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled The Long Night. That’s certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is officially untitled.” It’s a title that has already been referenced in Game of Thrones elsewhere…

Who has written this and who else is concerned in manufacturing?

Jane Goldman and Martin are the creators of the brand new collection and it’s based mostly on a narrative the pair wrote collectively. Goldman has scripted the pilot and in response to Martin (writing on his weblog) “will be running the show.” Martin additionally stated: “she and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.”

Goldman has tailored books for tv beforehand, having labored on Stardust, The Limehouse Golem, Kick-Ass and The Lady in Black. She has additionally labored as an government producer on a number of movies together with each of the Kingsman movies and Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Residence for Peculiar Youngsters.

Each Goldman and Martin will government produce the prequel alongside James Farrell, Jim Hazard Grey, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman.

American novelist and short-story author, screenwriter, and tv producer George R. R. Martin – Credit score: Press

What can we anticipate from the pilot?

Particulars are scarce as but however Martin has revealed on his weblog that “the pilot is coming along well, with casting falling into place…”

When is it on our screens?

No official date has been launched as but, however it’s more likely to be 2020 on the earliest, with HBO wanting Season eight of Game of Thrones to conclude first. Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president advised Hollywood Deadline he needs “the final season of Game of Thrones to be the final season of Game of Thrones.” He added: “I don’t want to use it to launch something else, I want it to stand out as the finale of the greatest TV show of all time, I don’t want to do anything that infringes on that.”

In response to Nerdist, there are rumours that filming for the collection will start in February 2019 which might tie in with a 2020 release date.

What concerning the forged members?

As revealed by Selection, the primary massive forged announcement got here on October 30, with HBO confirming that Naomi Watts had been forged within the prequel. Particulars about her position are scarce, however we do know that she shall be enjoying “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Talking concerning the casting, Martin stated “I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”

Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the primary of the GAME OF THRONES successor collection to ordered to movie. HBO has simply introduced the primary forged member: NAOMI WATTS is approaching board as one of our stars.

— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) October 31, 2018

Followers are speculating that Watts might be enjoying Nissa Nissa, the spouse of an historic hero referred to as Azor Ahai, the Lord of Mild and central determine to the R’hllor religion. In response to legend, he cast a magical sword referred to as ‘Lightbringer’ which he later used to defeat the White Walkers. Different hypothesis is that as her description attracts similarities to Ceresi Lannister, her character might be a Lannister ancestor.

Chatting with Leisure Tonight, Watts admitted that she hadn’t watched any episodes of Game of Thrones earlier than her casting however that she is now already “beyond a fan.” She informed them: “I am late coming to it, I have to say…but that’s how I am with lots of things in life. I am binging it right now and studying. It’s very exciting.”

The reality is out

— Joshua Whitehouse (@joshisatree) October 31, 2018

One other forged member confirmed for the prequel, as reported in Deadline, is Poldark actor Josh Whitehouse. No particulars can be found but about his half though it’s rumoured to be a serious position. Wanting into Game of Thrones historical past might give us some clues about his character based mostly on the time the prequel is about.

He might play the heroic Bran the Builder – a Stark ancestor, or Lann the Intelligent – the founder of the Lannister Home. The Gray King who based the Iron islands could also be one other risk. On the time the story is about, the Tyrells, Baratheons and the Greyjoys weren’t round and the Targaryeans have been nonetheless in Essos. There are rumours the motion might be set in Essos, based mostly on the knowledge from a various casting name that HBO launched just lately.

In the meantime, That Hashtag Present is reporting that Sheila Atim and Denise Gough are in talks to hitch the prequel. You’ll be able to watch what they should say right here:

As Watchers on the Wall reported, a current HBO casting name could possibly be for the prequel. Reported to be for “a confidential untitled project” it says filming is about for February 2019, which ties in with rumours about when the prequel venture will start filming.  One other casting name was launched on Twitter earlier this yr.

Seems like Essos could be included within the prequel #TheLongNight #GameOfThrones @purple_dwagon @a_red_priestess @GoTlikeLocation @StarkyRed @javimgol @Frikidoctor @House_Razor @WiCnet

— Joe Weaver (@jorywea) September eight, 2018

 What concerning the plot?

We know little or no as but, past HBO’s common description of the present. They stated that the programme will inform of “the world’s descent from the Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ 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 Age of Heroes takes locations 10,000 years earlier than the occasions we see in Game of Thrones. We will get some hints about what the time could be like from the companion ebook to The World of Ice and Hearth: “The Age of Heroes lasted for thousands of years, in which kingdoms rose and fell, noble houses were founded and withered away, and great deeds were accomplished. Yet what we truly know of those ancient days is hardly more than what we know of the Dawn Age. The tales we have now are the work of septons and maesters writing thousands of years after the fact.”

Followers have picked up on the truth that within the episode ‘Lord Snow’, Previous Nan tells Bran a narrative when he’s recovering from his fall. That story is called ‘The Long Night’ which ties in with the possible title of the primary prequel; this additionally takes place mid-way by means of the Age of Heroes.

In that episode, Previous Nan tells Bran: “Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts; and women smothered their babies rather than let them starve, and wept, and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks. In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hands.”

On his weblog, Martin has dominated out fan theories that the prequels concentrate on the characters of Ser Duncan the Tall, Aegon the Unlikely (additionally know as Dunk and Egg). He’s additionally dominated out Robert’s Revolt as the topic of any prequels.

The place will it’s set?

Just lately, followers speculated HBO might have revealed the setting for the collection in a brand new casting name. The descriptions name for a various combine of characters main many to take a position that the prequel will probably be set within the fictional location of Essos, a land mass discovered to the east of Westeros.

What number of prequels will there be?

As reported first by Leisure Weekly, 5 prequels have been initially in improvement with writers being employed for every separate undertaking.

Martin has hinted that there are at the very least two extra prequels in “active development” alongside the provisionally titled The Lengthy Night time. In a weblog submit on October 30, he wrote: “There are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of these projects.” Nevertheless, he hinted that his subsequent ebook, Hearth & Blood might give us some clues as to what we can anticipate sooner or later.

Nevertheless, Casey Bloys – HBO President of Programming – has stated that for now, they are going to be engaged on only one for the foreseeable. Chatting with Leisure Weekly, he stated of Goldman’s The Lengthy Night time: “That was the one we’re excited about…the other four aren’t happening at the moment.”

As reported in Harpers Bazaar, the opposite 4 screenwriters believed to be engaged on prequel tasks for HBO embrace Max Borenstein (Kong: Cranium Island), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Legend), Carly Wray (The Leftovers, Mad Males), Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones). Martin is rumoured to be co-writing with Wray and Cogman already.

In a current interview with The Guardian, Martin additionally confirmed particulars concerning the quantity of prequels in addition to the very fact he was engaged on “a couple more” exhibits for HBO.