Last week we learned that HBO was developing a Game of Thrones prequel series that would be set 1,000 years before the events of the current series. This is what we learned about the series when it was announced:
Set thousands of years before the events of Thrones, the project chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. A logline from the network teased the plot wihtout divulging any specifics: "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."
Since the series was announced, co-creator of the new series George R.R. Martin posted an update on his personal blog. There he reveals that he would like the title of the series to be The Long Night. He also talked about the other prequel series that are in development noting that they are all prequels.
"All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long). We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later)."
If you aren't familiar with The Long Night, it's a historical event in Westeros, where winter lasted an entire generation. It was also the era where the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers and Bran the Builder built the Wall. It was also the time of the legendary hero Azor Ahai who wielded a burning sword called Lightbringer.
If these things don't get you excited for the new series, I don't know what will! I love the fact they are going to explore this time in Westeros history.
Martin also went on to explain the status of the other prequels in development:
"If you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development."
Martin when on to say that out of those, maybe one or two more pilots will be ordered. Are you excited about the future of this fantasy franchise?