Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

When Game of Thrones wraps its eighth (and final) season sometime in 2019, fans will have a Westeros-shaped hole in their lives. But never fear, because HBO has confirmed a Game of Thrones prequel series!

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A Long, Long Time Ago…

Usually when you think of a “prequel,” you imagine events no more than a generation before the main story. Not so with the Game of Thrones prequel. According to HBO, the new series takes place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones” and “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”

Sounds amazing so far. HBO teased, “And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s 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.”

Okay, now you have to shell out for HBO to find out what happens, right?

Oscar-Winning Actress Joins the Cast

The producers recently revealed that Aussie actress Naomi Watts has joined the series. She’ll be playing a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Sounds very intriguing! Naomi would absolutely kill it in a femme fatale role—and knowing Game of Thrones, there will be plenty of literal killing.

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George R.R. Martin might have accidentally leaked the title of the prequel on his blog when announcing Naomi’s casting. He referred to the project as The Long Night, which definitely fits with the other information we’ve gotten about the prequel.

Not the Only GoT Project in the Works

While the prequel seems to be the project that will hit the airwaves soonest, we’ve been promised a lot more Westeros goodness in the future. There are a total of 5 projects in the works! Martin confirmed that all the projects will be prequels of some kind—hopefully not because literally every character dies in the finale of Game of Thrones.

“We have five other shows – five prequels in development – that are based on other periods in the history of Westeros.” Martin confirmed. “Some of them just a hundred years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones.”

Rabid fans have three words for George R.R. Martin and HBO: Bring. It. On.