You can stop guessing about what the Game of Thrones prequel will be like. We already know more than enough to whet your appetite for the upcoming series.
For starters, the show will be set thousands of years before what transpired in Game of Thrones. According to HBO, the prequel “chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. 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, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”
We also know who will be in the series. It’s a pretty amazing cast, including Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, John Simm, Dixie Egerickx, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, John Heffernan, Richard McCabe, Toby Regbo, and Denise Gough.
Of course, none of that matters if it’s not handled right, so it’s fortunate that this prequel will feature the mind of the Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin. Jane Goldman will also come on board in a creative role. They’ll also act as executive producers with the help of SJ Clarkson, who will direct the pilot episode.
What else do we know? The show has already started filming in Northern Ireland, which has already set the scene for the show with locations used for Winterfell castle—in the real world, that’s Castle Ward in Strangford, County Down. (If you’re a traveller, you might be interested to know that a Game of Thrones tourist attraction is being put together in Northern Ireland featuring many of the original sets, production materials, props, and costumes).
We also know what Martin has said: “Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens—Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”
Admittedly, it’s not much to go on, but neither is baseless speculation. The show will be here soon enough, with another winter on its heels.