A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin has given out some Game of Thrones prequel details, according to EW. He spoke to the site about what’s coming for the HBO series that is currently filming in Ireland. Martin is an executive producer for the series.
Some of the Game of Thrones prequel details that Martin revealed are that Westeros has far more kingdoms than we’ve previously seen. In the prequel, there are around 100 kingdoms. He also said that the Starks, who are descended from the First Men, will be in evidence. “The Starks will definitely be there,” he said. There are no dragons around since this series predates the Targaryens, but there are other supernatural creatures. “Obviously the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it,” he explained. “There are things like direwolves and mammoths.”
There aren’t any Lannisters either in the series which is set 5,000 years before Game of Thrones. That said, Casterly Rock is there, full of Casterlys. As you may know, Lann the Clever was supposed to have cheated the Casterlys out of their traditional home. Martin didn’t say if we’d see that in the series in this interview.
Martin told the site that this is an ensemble cast, referring to Game of Thrones and how it doesn’t nominate people for lead actress or lead actor for awards season. He said, “I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”
Finally, he told the site that the show doesn’t have a title, though he did say this: “I heard a suggestion that it could be called ‘The Longest Night,’ which is a variant I wouldn’t mind,” he says. “That would be pretty good.”
The series stars Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Monday), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter films, The Crying Game) and Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).
The Game of Thrones prequel, created by Jane Goldman and author George R.R. Martin, takes place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The series 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.
The Game of Thrones prequel pilot is based on a story from Goldman and Martin, with a teleplay credited to Goldman, who will serve as the showrunner. Goldman and Martin will also serve as executive producers, along with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).