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HBO Drops New Details About the Highly Anticipated ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
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With the end of Game of Thrones, we can’t help but feel a sense of mourning. Lucky for us, HBO has a prequel in the works that isn’t that far off. Stave off your Westeros withdrawal with these fresh details from the premium cable channel.

What’s the Game of Thrones prequel about?

According to HBO, the prequel takes place thousands of years before the GoT we know and love. It illustrates the shift from the Age of Heroes to the Long Night and reveals the terrifying secrets of Westeros’s history. Like what, you might wonder? Let’s just say it touches on the genesis of the White Walkers, the great mystery of the East and the legend of the first Starks. Only one thing’s certain: There’s a lot more to the story of Westeros’s early years than we know.

What’s it called?

The creators got a little more creative than The Game of Thrones Prequel and have reportedly given it a working title of Bloodmoon to set it apart from its parent series. How ominous.

Who’s set to star in the series?

In addition to Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, who plays a personable socialite (apparently, they have those in Westeros, too) with a dark secret, Miranda Richardson (the Harry Potter films), John Heffernan (Dracula), John Simm (Strangers), Marquis Rodriguez (Manifest) and Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) will also star. Additionally, Dixie Egerickx (Summerland), Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Monday), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivano Jeremiah (Humans) and Jamie Campbell Bower (the Fantastic Beasts films) are slated to appear. Last but not least, Georgie Henley (the Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) and Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) are also involved.

Are the same writers and producers on board?

Author George R.R. Martin and executive producer Vince Gerardis are the only auspices from GoT involved in the project. Martin penned the books from which the series was based, served as an executive producer and contributed several episode scripts. Jane Goldman (Kingsman, several X-Men movies and Kick-Ass) created the prequel series alongside Martin and will serve as showrunner. SJ Clarkson (Succession) is executive producing and will direct the pilot episode. James Farrell (Mrs. Brown’s Boys), Jim Danger Gray (Orange Is the New Black) and Daniel Zelman (Bloodline) will also executive produce, and Chris Symes (The Alienist) will serve as a co-executive producer. So basically, there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen.

When will it premiere?

An official premiere date has yet to be determined, as production will begin this summer, but a 2020 or 2021 arrival is expected.

Are there other Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works?

Martin recently penned a blog post confirming there are several more shows in the works aside from the prequel. TBD if they make it to the small screen.

Now we wait…

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