Recently, author and executive producer George R.R. Martin spoke to EW about showrunner Jane Goldman’s pilot, which is currently filming in Northern Ireland.
HBO and Martin have previously revealed the show takes place roughly 5,000 years before the events in Game of Thrones, when Westeros was a very different place, and leads up to an epic confrontation with the White Walkers known as The Long Night.
Since some fans have been concerned that the show is pre-Targaryen (and therefore pre-dragon), so Martin revealed more about what are some families and creatures, plus the state of Westeros during this time period:
1. Westeros is divided into roughly 100 kingdoms in the prequel.
It sounds like Westeros could be even more dangerous and chaotic and lawless than it is in GoT — like Wild West Westeros.
2. There are Starks and direwolves.
“The Starks will definitely be there. Obviously the White Walkers are here. There are [also] things like direwolves and mammoths.”
3. There will not be any Lannisters — at least not at first…
The prequel predates the rise of the Lannister family. But there is another family currently residing in the future Lannister homestead.
“Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar.”
4. It’s an ensemble story.
“I hesitate to use the word ‘lead.’ As you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”
5. The show might get a slightly different title than the one you’re expecting.
The prequel is still officially untitled. While ‘The Long Night’ remains Martin’s preferred title, there is another similar possibility being considered.
“I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn’t mind. That would be pretty good.”