Well this is disappointing. Deadline exclusively broke the news that the  Game of Thrones prequel at HBO is not going forward. This is after casting and filming had begun in Northern Ireland. 

Fans were disappointed, and rightly so, with the last season of Game of Thrones but still held out hope for this new prequel series which was to take place at the end of the Age of Heroes and possibly show us the origins of the White Walkers. The casting had been fantastic and was very female focused: Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson,  Jamie Campbell BowerShella AtimIvanno JeremiahGeorgie HenleyAlex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.On top of that, SJ Clarkson was directing and Jane Goldman was showrunning. This is such a huge disappointment!

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The prequel was still untitled, but George R.R. Martin had referred to it as The Long Night. It was set thousands of years before the Game of Thrones, at the end of the Age of Heroes. The official log line for the show was, “Taking 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. And only one thing is for sure: 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… it’s not the story we think we know.” 

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HBO hasn’t confirmed this but Deadline reported that Goldman has been contacting the cast and crew to inform them that the pilot is dead. Evidently there had been many rumors that production and filming in Northern Ireland had been difficult.

Once again, it is incredibly disappointing that this project, led by women, is not going forward. There is still another Game of Thrones prequel in the works at HBO that will reportedly take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

EDIT: HBO later announced that it has order 10 episodes of the Targaryen prequel entitled House of the Dragon

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Audrey Kearns