The massively successful fantasy franchise, Game of Thrones, might be over, but it seems like the world of Westeros isn’t ready to give up on our screens any time soon.
Yes, the ashes of some of our favorite characters’ tragic demise haven’t settled by this time, and the show is ready with a few of its spinoffs under development.
After all, it’s never too soon to anticipate what’s coming next, or should we say what preceded, with the Game of Thrones prequel series.
As of now, there are about 5 Game of Thrones “successor shows” in the development at HBO. George R.R. Martin, in his latest update on the successor shows, said that three of these are “moving forward nicely.” The scripts for the two shows are in the works, one of which has begun shooting.
In the early May, he added –
“The one I’m not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I can’t say.”
In June 2018, George R.R. Martin shared an update about one of these new Game of Thrones pilots greenlit by HBO. The author explained on his blog:
“Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel. None of the characters or actors from GAME OF THRONES will appear in the new show.
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 masters 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).”
The minds behind the project are of Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin. Though Martin was hoping to call this prequel ‘The Long Night,’ yet, to everyone’s surprise, the new show is currently being produced under the working title ‘Bloodmoon.’
For your information, The Long Night is a historical event of Westeros that took place 8,000 years ago, before the Targaryen Conquest, during which the winter lasted almost an entire generation. Game of Thrones Wiki explains –
“Thousands starved as the crops and fields lay buried under dozens of feet of snow. In the darkness and cold of the Long Night, the White Walkers descended upon Westeros from the farthest north, the polar regions of the Lands of Always Winter. The conflict that arose from the Long Night is known as the War for the Dawn as the White Walkers sought to bring an end to all life and to cover the world in an endless winter.”
As we saw during the events of Game of Thrones, The Long Night is nothing but a bedtime story. This was the time during which the Children of the Forest created White Walkers, Bran the Builder created the giant Wall, and the ancient hero Azor Ahai lived. Wiki explains –
“According to Melisandre, a great darkness descended upon the land, and a hero known as Azor Ahai wielded a flaming sword named Lightbringer in the battle against the darkness to win back the dawn.
The holy texts of the Lord of Light prophesy that there will come a time when the Long Night will return, and Azor Ahai will be born to lead the people of the world to victory once again.
This specific legend is apparently widespread across the Further East of Esso because Azor Ahai is also known as Hyrkoon the Hero, Yin Tar, Neferion, and Eldric Shadowchaser, depending on the region in which the story is told.”
In this way, it’s perfectly safe to assume that this new prequel will detail a portion of these old characters whose names we definitely know. What is even more intriguing is to know that one of the characters from Game of Thrones series is said to be Azor Ahai reborn. Is it be possible that the same character from the GOT series would be playing The Prince That Was Promised thousands of years ago? You never know!
Martin, in his post, has given an update on the other GOT Prequels that are in development –
“As for the other successor shows… 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. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.”
Currently involved in writing The Wind of Winter, Martin is sure to come up with some exciting adventure that you’ll willingly jump over your seats. So folks, don’t forget to fasten your seatbelts for an all-new fantasy adventure ride by George R.R. Martin.