The beginning of the end is nye for Game of Thrones, and we at GGA are doing our best, like all fans of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, to enjoy the final ride. But, there is hope on the horizon. Several prequel projects (successor shows at George R.R. Martin calls them) are in the works at HBO. And, here’s what we know so far.
By May of 2017, four prequel series had been announced as “in development”. One was added shortly after that, and not too long after, Martin announced that at least one project was dead. So, we’re down to four. But, only one has had any action in terms of writing, casting or production. And, the details of that keep fluctuating as well.
Fans are clear, now, that their hopes of getting a series centered around Robert’s rebellion or Dunk and Egg are dashed. They may go the way of the sixth book and never materialize. Yes, we said it. But, the pilot that has been ordered from creator Jane Goldman has a lot of potential. It is centered around the legendary Long Night. The show will star Naomi Watts as a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” and Josh Whitehouse as an undisclosed character. The Hollywood Reporter gave details on Wednesday.
The Long Night pilot will not feature Targaryans, dragons or Old Valyria. At least, not initially. Martin confirmed with EW, in an interview promoting the Targaryan dynasty book Fire and Blood, on Monday. That may be disappointing to some. The dragons and Valyrians came together in the aftermath of The Long Night. The rise of House Targaryan came further after that.
“(the prequel pilot) 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’ 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.”
This series is set before all of the fire and around more of the ice. 5,000 years before the current GoT series that we know and love. The rise of the wights and the great war against them will be the focus. The Age of Heroes is also referenced in the log line for the show. That means we may see Bran the Builder ( Stark ancestor and architect of the wall) and Lann the Clever (Lannister ancestor). We think it’s likely that Whitehouse will play one of them, given the secrecy around his character.
There are no details about the three other projects that may still be in development. But we all know that there is an incredible amount of source material to mine. Maybe we’ll get a Valyrian series after all! I’d love an anthology mini-series just around the White Book of the Kingsgaurd. Or, Maesters!
What is your dream GoT successor show?
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