George R.R. Martin shares new details about Game of Thrones prequel

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2019

While few specifics are known, the series is reportedly set thousands of years before the events of "Game of Thrones" and chronicles the world's descent from the Golden Age of Heroes to the rise of the White Walkers and the near-destruction of man.

On the potential title for the prequel, Martin added that the series could be titled "The Longest Night", a slight variation on his own suggestion of "The Long Night". The infamous White Walkers remain a threat, and other creatures, including Direwolves and mammoths, will be featured.

For fans of the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones, ' 'the long night" has begun as they are still reeling from the fantasy drama's series finale.

"'The Lannisters aren't there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it's like the Rock of Gibraltar", he says.

In an interview with with Leonard and Jessie Maltin on the podcast "Maltin on Movies", Martin said he doesn't expect the success of "Game of Thrones" to be replicated.

As for the state of Westeros in the Game of Thrones prequel, it will have a kingdom explosion.

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The tremendous run of Game of Thrones may have finally come to an end on HBO, but we haven't seen the last of Westeros.

Understandably, given that it is set millennia before the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming HBO prequel series will introduce viewers to a familiar, yet very different version of Westeros. "That would be pretty good". That famous house will not be featuring in the show, and neither will the Starks' major adversaries, the Lannisters.

The Casterlys, it seems, will be a part of the sprawling landscape of mini-kingdoms that will exist in the show's time period, long before Westeros became a seven- (and then six-) kingdom empire. Instead of seven kingdoms, the prequel series will have "a hundred petty kingdoms".

"As you know for Game of Thrones", he tells EW, "we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor (for awards) until recently; it was always for supporting (categories) because the show is such an ensemble". Martin also confirmed that, in spite of previous beliefs, the now in-production series will not focus entirely on three main leads (the already-cast Naomi Watts, Denise Gough, and Naomi Ackie), and will instead take a more ensemble approach with its characters to start. "What I'm not doing is working backwards by saying, 'This has to be on the air by this date.' We want to do the best show possible".

Martin is now writing The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in his series A Song of Ice and Fire. It's a larger ensemble cast with no leads.

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