It has barely been 2 months since Game of Thrones ended, leaving all of us with a serious case of separation anxiety from our beloved Westeros.
Fans have since then been wondering what to do with their lives, and finally they have an answer. Game of Thrones is officially coming back! In June, HBO had officially announced that a prequel to the series is in the works, and has started filming in Northern Ireland.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer George R. R. Martin has revealed some interesting and vital facts about the prequel's storyline. HBO and Martin had previously revealed that the prequel would be set roughly 5,000 years prior to the events in Game of Thrones.
In this interview, Martin dropped some heavy hints about the prequel and we have them here for you.
1. 5,000-years ago, Westeros was a whole different ball-game, divided into nearly a 100 kingdoms.
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.
If Westeros could get so chaotic with only seven kingdoms around, imagine the events that would happen with a 100 of them. Yikes.
2. Our favourite family is here: The Starks, along with direwolves will be part of the prequel.
3. The White Walkers will be there too.
4. Casterly Rock will exist, but minus the Lannisters.
The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there; It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.
5. The cast will be a huge ensemble.
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...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.
6. The possible title of the show
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.
Hopefully, this prequel will see the light of day by next year, because honestly - I don't think we can wait that long.