Game of Thrones Season 8 was highly divisive amongst fans and critics alike. But now that it is finally over, HBO is looking forward to begin work on the talked about and anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel series which is also the first prequel from the franchise. There have been plenty of rumours as well as reports on how things have been put into place and were made ready to begin but now it seems as if the start has been made official.
How Was The Start Of The Game Of Thrones Prequel Series Confirmed?
EW confirmed on Tuesday that filming for the Game of Thrones prequel which has been potentially titled The Long Night, has begun in Northern Ireland. HBO is clearly sticking to what is working and keeping to the Ireland locations which served as a production hub for the main series for a number of years. Right now it is unclear whether or not the shoot will move to other countries as production continues.
The pilot for the prequel is being shot this summer in the hopes that HBO will likely order it to full series. For now, there’s just one episode on the table. But seeing the number of viewership records which were broken by Game of Thrones, it would be surprising to see the premium network pass on the spin-off. If HBO does order the show to series, it will likely be a couple of years before it actually airs.
About The Game Of Thrones Prequel
During a previous EW interview, George R.R. Martin confirmed that the new series would take place around 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. He 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.”
Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is serving as the showrunner of the new series, with help from franchise creator George R.R. Martin and director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones). The series features an ensemble cast led by Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Jamie Campbell, Miranda Richardson, Alex Sharp and more.