Has the setting for the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel just been revealed?

Some recent casting calls may hold the answer

The setting for one of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel shows may have just been inadvertently revealed via some recent casting calls.

The casting calls were posted on Stage Pool, a Norwegian site for actors. The descriptions, via Winter is Coming, reveal a call for a diverse mix of characters leading many to speculate that one of the prequels will be set in the fictional location of Essos, a landmass found to the east of Westeros.

The descriptions according to Winter is Coming are:

  • B3: (Male, 50-63 years old) This role is a series regular, playing age 50s. The role is meant for a Black actor.
  • W: (Male, 37-45 years old) Playing age late 30s-mid 40s. This role doesn’t appear to be a series regular, and is meant for a Caucasian actor.
  • E: (Male, 30-38 years old) This role is a series regular, playing age 30s. The role is meant for a Scandinavian, Germanic, or Eastern European actor.
  • V2: (Male, 49-58 years old) This role is a series regular, playing age 50s. The role is meant for a Scandinavian, Germanic, or Eastern European actor.
  • N: (Female, 31-34 years old) This role is a series regular, playing age early 30s. The role is meant for a Caucasian actress.
  • M3: (Female, 28-31 years old) This role is a series regular, playing age late 20s. The role is meant for a Caucasian actress.

A previous casting call was also posted on Twitter back in September:

Earlier this year, it was announced that a Game of Thrones prequel had been ordered by HBO. Whilst the much-loved fantasy show is set to end next year with season 8 of the programme, it turned out the season won’t be fans’ last taste of Westeros after all.

It was revealed that the as-yet-untitled prequel will be created by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, Kingsman) and Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Goldman will write the script based on the pair’s storyline.

Whilst details about the project are scarce, it has been confirmed that the prequel will take place “thousands of years” before the events in Game Of Thrones. It has been described as documenting “the world’s descent from the golden Age Of Heroes into its darkest hour. And 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.”

Goldman and Martin’s collaboration was one of five Game Of Thrones prequel projects HBO had reportedly been developing. In January, president of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline the network could approve “anywhere from zero to five” of them, but “probably more likely around one”.

Then, in September, Martin confirmed that a fifth prequel was indeed in the works with four other ideas for a successor show to the hit HBO series also being in development.

The Game Of Thrones’ finale will take place in 2019; the prequel series is currently planned to premiere in 2019.