Manufacturing on the Sport of Thrones prequel in underway — and the mastermind behind the franchise simply shed some mild on the extremely anticipated undertaking.

In an interview with Leisure Weekly, George R.R. Martin opened up in regards to the upcoming prequel, which started filming its pilot final month in Northern Ireland. So first issues first: For the reason that prequel takes place roughly 5,000 years earlier than the occasions of the HBO collection, which households had been even round again then?

“The Starks will definitely be there,” Martin revealed of the fan-favorite household, who had been descendants of the First Males.

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As for the Lannisters? In line with Martin, they gained’t be featured — no less than at first — as a result of the prequel predates their rise.

“The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there,” he mentioned of the long run Lannister homestead. “It’s just like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s truly occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s nonetheless named after within the time of Sport of Thrones.” (Per EW, the Casterlys had been supposedly swindled from their homestead by Lann the Intelligent — who based Home Lannister — although it’s unclear if this story will likely be informed within the prequel.)

The prequel additionally predates dragons, sadly — however don’t despair, as a result of Martin guarantees different creatures will likely be featured.

“Obviously the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it,” Martin mentioned. “There are things like direwolves and mammoths.”

Final however not least, the present could get a barely completely different title than we had been anticipating. Although nonetheless formally untitled, Martin beforehand recommended the title The Lengthy Evening — however as EW factors out, that might get complicated, given episode three of Sport of Thrones’ season eight can be titled “The Long Night.”

“I heard a suggestion that it might be known as The Longest Evening, which is a variant I wouldn’t thoughts,” Martin mentioned. “That would be pretty good.”

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As beforehand introduced, the prequel will star Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (King Kong), Naomi Ackie (Girl Macbeth), and Denise Gough (Broadway’s Angels in America). Martin and Jane Goldman (X-Males: First ClassKingsman: The Secret ServiceKick-Ass) are the creators of the brand new collection, with Goldman serving because the showrunner. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners of the unique collection, is not going to be concerned.)

A premiere date has not but been introduced, however based on EW, HBO programming president Casey Bloys beforehand mentioned it is not going to air till no less than a 12 months after the conclusion to GoT. If greenlit to collection, the undertaking theoretically might be on the air in 2020 or 2021.

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