If you're still mourning the loss of your favourite fantasy show, then you'll be happy to know that filming is underway for the pilot of the Game of Thrones prequel spin-off show. The brains behind the successful 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, George R.R. Martin has confirmed that the Starks will be present in the new timeline, but the Lannisters won't have formed yet. He also took time to reveal that woolly mammoths will be roaming ancient Westeros. Who needs dragons anyway?
George RR Martin. Credit: PA
Little was known about the prequel, given the working title Blood Moon, until now. George R.R. Martin has made couple of unexpected claims about the new series which is set roughly 5,000 years before the Game of Thrones series we've grown to love in an era called 'The Golden Age of Heroes'.
If you thought it was hard to keep up with the amount of clans and families in the old series, then the prequel may warp your mind even further. Martin recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and said: "If you go back further, then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms.
"Eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms - petty kingdoms - and that's the era we're talking about here."
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Martin continued: ""The Starks will definitely be there. "The Lannisters aren't there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there."
Drogon took centre stage in the last season, blasting his way through the undead army much to the delight of the seven kingdoms, but unfortunately dragons won't be there to save the day this time around. In their place will be a number of prehistoric and mythical beasts including mammoths, white walkers and direwolves. Fingers crossed the good boys of Westeros get more air time in this show.
George R.R. Martin was quick to suggest that, like the first few seasons of Game of Thrones, the prequel won't just focus on one or two main characters. He said: "For Game Of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor until recently.
"It was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble."
He continued: "I think that will be true for this show too. "We don't have leads so much as a large ensemble cast."
Home of Game of Thrones, HBO, has already confirmed several members of the huge cast including Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, Naromi Ackie and Denise Gough.
Martin is yet to settle on a new title, but is apparently contemplating 'The Long Night.
He said: "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."
Whatever he decides to call it, there's no doubt that millions of people will be tuning into the latest goings on in Westeros as soon as it drops despite the controversial final season.
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