There may only be six episodes left of Game of Thrones, but HBO has already ordered a GoT prequel set long before the current story ever began. But how long will fans have to wait to see this potential series?
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel on HBO, from a possible release date to the plot and confirmed cast members.
We’ll keep updating this page as new details surface, so check back soon.
When Is the Game of Thrones Prequel Release Date?
An exact release date is unknown. However, it is likely that, if ordered to series, it won’t be premiering until, at the earliest, June 2020 or later, according to HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
“My guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else” after the final season of Game of Thrones, Bloys told reporters in July 2017, via The Hollywood Reporter. “What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after that. It’s best to separate it and that’s what we’ll do.”
Production on the pilot begins in early summer 2019, according to Entertainment Weekly. That could fit with a projected release date of summer 2020 or later, assuming HBO does pick up the series.
Whether that will happen is still up in the air.
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the original Game of Thrones series, told Variety he thinks the “balls out” nature and “bigger” budget of the final season will “establish that HBO can do this” with GoT possibly expanding with a prequel. Richard Pepler, who is exiting as HBO’s CEO, called the prequel “something special,” with “a fresh, exciting perspective that didn’t let the franchise go away,” in the same interview.
However, the new HBO boss Bob Greenblatt seems a bit more hesitant about GoT spinoffs. “I think to figure out a way to sustain Game of Thrones or the Game of Thrones world for the future is a really good idea — if it makes sense creatively and if everybody is on board,” he said to The Wrap. “Because the last thing you want to do is roll out a spinoff or two and they’re not up to the standard of the original show and then you’ve just sort of failed miserably.”
“Can you really do two spinoffs? I don’t know,” Greenblatt said. “I’m not even sure you can do one.”
When Will the Game of Thrones Prequel Trailer Be Released?
Again, this is all assuming HBO orders the prequel to series. However, if it does, it’s likely that fans will see a teaser or two before an official trailer.
It will all depend on how secretive HBO decides to be about a Game of Thrones prequel. The level of security likely won’t be as high as it is for the final season, but that doesn’t mean we’ll necessarily get too much footage too early on. With production not slated to start until the summer, we shouldn’t expect anything soon.
What Is the Game of Thrones Prequel’s Actual Title?
Right now, it is untitled. However, author George R.R. Martin may have released a possible title. Though it was previously thought to be called The Long Night, that may or may not be the case.
“HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled THE LONG NIGHT,” he wrote on his blog, Not a Blog, in November 2018. “That’s certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED.”
It sounds like The Long Night may end up being the title, but HBO isn’t ready to release that information yet — possibly to avoid pulling attention away from Game of Thrones Season 8.
What Is the Game of Thrones Prequel Plot?
HBO hasn’t revealed much about the prequel, but it has released a description.
Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.
Martin narrowed down the timeline a bit more and gave a few more details in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s closer to 5,000 years,” 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.”
Who Is in the Game of Thrones Prequel Cast?
The prequel has also cast Miranda Richardson as what will be a series regular if HBO orders it to series, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The rest of the cast includes Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. However, no details about any of their characters have been revealed.
Who Is Part of the Game of Thrones Prequel Crew?
Jane Goldman created the prequel alongside original author Martin. Goldman will also serve as series showrunner.
Goldman, Martin, SJ Clarkson, James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman, and Chris Symes will all serve as executive producers.
Clarkson will also direct the pilot. She previously worked on The Defenders and Jessica Jones and will direct the next Star Trek film.
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