George R.R. Martin was gracious to put down his pen and pause working on The Winds of Winter, in order to share some info regarding HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. Kidding! Fatso has probably stopped working on the sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire the moment the cash started flowing from the TV series.
Though, he really did put down the spoon long enough to give a few details about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, tentatively called The Long Night. Set during the Golden Age of Heroes, the prequel will take us to a different Westeros than we are used to.
It probably won’t be called The Long Night
Officially, the prequel is still untitled. Martin suggested the title The Long Night, but this could cause confusion since s08e03 bears the same name. And that episode sucks, so we can understand the producers of the prequel not wanting a taint like that.
“I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind. That would be pretty good”, Martin told Entertainment Weekly.
Naomi Watts is the most famous person on the show
HBO’s cast breakdown appeared to suggest the show might be led by a trio of female leads – Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough. Martin said the prequel is more accurately described as an ensemble story.
“I hesitate to use the word ‘lead’. As you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast,” Martin said.
Anyhow, names like Jamie Campbell Bower, Miranda Richardson, Georgie Henley, John Heffernan and John Simm are connected with the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.
Not 7 kingdoms, more like 100
“We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon’s Conquest. But if you go back further then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here,” the fat man said.
Well if you thought War of the Five Kings” was a fun, imagine the unmitigated brutality of Westeros and its array of idiosyncratically sadistic hereditary monarchies, except magnified exponentially with a plethora of petty kingdoms!
No king but the King in the North – whose name is Stark
“The Starks will definitely be there. Obviously, the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it. There are things like direwolves and mammoths,” Martin said.
There you go, the Brady Bunch of Westeros will be here. That is to say, their grand-grand-grandparents. Of course, this is hardly a surprise since the Starks are descended from the First Men and have been in those parts for, like, seven thousand years.
No Lannisters 🙁
However, for people familiar with A Song of Ice and Fire and the history of Westeros in general, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The Lannisters trace their origin back to Lann the Clever, a semi-mythical hero figure, but back their castle had other occupants. And Lann supposedly tricked them into giving up Casterly Rock.
“The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.”, Martin said.
We’ll bring you more on the untitled Game of Thrones prequel series, so stay tuned.
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