It’s been common knowledge that HBO would be working on a prequel series for Game of Thrones since the seventh season came to an end. It’s no surprise considering George R.R. Martin has been writing prequel stories, in-between books, and pretty much anything except the final two books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. That’s not to say we aren’t excited for any prequels HBO throws our way.
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It’s conjectured that there are five prequels set to be produced by HBO with a different writer for each. Currently, there is one under production which George R.R. Martin has refe rred to as The Long Night, though the title of the show has not been confirmed. HBO released an announcement confirming that this prequel would take place before Targaryens and Iron Thrones and serve as the origin story of the white walkers.
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Casting has of course been confirmed for the series both through press releases and George R.R. Martin himself. Naomi Watts is set to star alongside Josh Whitehouse, and filming is even supposed to start sometime this year. This means we could have the prequel as early as next year. The pilot is already being written by Jane Goldman and Martin, with additional scripts in case it is picked up by HBO. Set to direct the pilot is S.J. Clarkson, who has previously worked on hit series like Orange is the New Black and Dexter, both book to series adaptations.
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From Old Nan we learned The Long Night was the years and years of winter that came before the spring thousands of years before we reach the current plot line of Martin’s story. We learn from the Three-Eyed Raven that this was the period of time when the White Walkers were first created by the Children of the Forest. This prequel may just be where we get some answers. It’s been folklore that fire can kill a wight or white walker, but Daenerys’ dragon fails to kill the Night King in the Battle of Winterfell. I think if HBO is going to make a series of prequels that lead up to where we are now, this would be the place to start. We’ll get to know the origins of Old Nan’s stories, and we may even get the answers we need for the current series.
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No other prequel plots have been confirmed as of yet, but Martin has said in a blog post that there are three currently in development, including this, with five total up in the air. Martin has been straying from accidentally dropping anymore nuggets of information, but he did say to check out Fire & Blood for a hint. What do you think? Are you as excited as we are for this series?