‘Game Of Thrones’ could get HBO prequel series

It would be set 100 years before events in the main show, says the author of the 'Thrones' books

A Game Of Thrones prequel series is being considered by HBO, says the writer of the original fantasy novels.

Game Of Thrones, based on the novels by George RR Martin, has been a major hit for HBO since it debuted in 2011. The show’s third season is to begin on March 31 in the US and April 1 in the UK, where it airs on Sky Atlantic.

Now Martin has revealed that another set of novels he writes, the Tales Of Dunk And Egg series, could form the basis of a prequel show. He told IGN: “I have been writing for a number of years a series of novellas set in the same world, the world of Westeros, but a hundred years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg. And I published three of those novellas, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, and I have in mind about nine or ten more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg.”

Continuing, Martin explained: “So we have been playing with the idea of doing those as prequels. They would be prequels, in a sense, they’re a hundred years earlier but in the same world. They’re somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous. But my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros history.”

Game Of Thrones is known for its vast ensemble cast and Peter Dinklage, Mackenzie Crook, Paul Kaye, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington have all returned for season three. Guest stars will include Coldplay‘s Will Champion, confirmed to be playing a drummer, and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, whose role is unknown.

Meanwhile, actor Charles Dance – who plays Tywin Lannister in the hit series – has accidentally confirmed that season four of the show is already in the works. In the meantime, scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the season three trailer.