A Game Of Thrones prequel series has been given the go ahead by HBO.
The much-loved fantasy show is set to end next year with season 8 of the programme, but it won’t be fans’ last taste of Westeros after all.
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.
Though details about the project are currently scarce, it has been confirmed that the prequel will take place “thousands of years” before the events that unfold 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 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”.
Game Of Thrones’ finale will take place in 2019, with the prequel series currently planned to premiere in 2019. At the moment, only a pilot episode of the prequel has been ordered, meaning HBO could still change their minds on the series.
Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke recently teased what her final filmed scenes for GoT would be like. Speaking to Vanity Fair, the actor – who plays Daenerys Targaryen – said she had been “shooting for the first time with several of the show’s top stars, including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).” She also said that Daenerys was “doing all this weird shit” in the final season, cryptically adding: “You’ll know what I mean when you see it.”