Game of Thrones season 8 ended the series and there will be no more Jon Snow, Daenerys, Tyrion, Sansa, Arya, Bran and their stories. With 8 years in making the end finally gave everyone something they did not ask for. In Tyrion’s words, if no one is happy it is a good compromise.
But one thing everyone asked for and will get is more stories from the land of Westeros. Back in May 2017 the makers had announced the prequel series which is currently in making. And here is everything we know about the currently untitled Thrones prequel.
The biggest relief for the true fans of the 7 Kingdoms universe is that, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not be returning for the prequel. Instead the network let 5 writers take a jab at the story. Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale), Carly Wray (Mad Men), and Throneswriter Bryan Cogman will be developing the script for the new series.
And for season one HBO has confirmed they will be moving forward with Jane Goldman who has worked on films like Kingsmen and adapted Neil Gaiman’s Stardust a few years back.
HBO will not scale down after the season 8 debacle. “$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do,” Francesca Orsi, HBO’s senior vice president of drama, said at an INTV conference in Israel last March. “We are going big.”
If you wish to see some of your favourite character back again, unfortunately you won’t be able to, the story presented in the future will take place in past, way before the game of thrones took place. The event is said to have happened 8, 000 years before the Targaryens rose to power in Westeros.
HBO has already decided the new cast and has also headed to shoot some for the prequel in Belfast, Northern Ireland — which previously housed the Winterfell set. The Twin Peaks and King Kong actress Naomi Watts will be one of the lead casts. According to HBO, Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
As for the rest of the cast, the studio announced actors from big releases like Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter and more, like Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Denise Gough (Monday), Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.
Rita Skeeter and Miranda Richardson will also be seen as part of the lineup. Recent additions include Marquis Rodriguez (Manifest), John Simm (Strangers), Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), John Heffernan (Dracula), and Dixie Egerickx (Summerland).
Thrones faced criticism over the years for having a mostly white and male crew but now HBO will take on a woman of color to direct the pilot episode. While Goldman will serve as a show runner, George R.R. Martin and her will be the executive producers and creators of the prequel.
Even though they have began filming the show, it is save to say HBO will have alot of tones just like it did for Game of Thrones. So it is possible that the show will not air untill mid 2021.