With a new Game of Thrones prequel given the pilot greenlight, George R. R. Martin shares his take on the project — and what may be coming next.
Though details about Jane Goldman’s Game of Thrones prequel series are scarce, Martin offers a few new insights on the project. Reportedly set during the epic Age of Heroes, the prequel show “really puts the PRE in prequel,” Martin writes on his Not-A-Blog blog.
“It is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones… or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years,” he writes. But his most significant disclosure about the prequel concerns the potential title.
“We don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title,” Martin says. “My vote would be The Long Night, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up.”
That’s a particularly revealing bit of information, as it begins to narrow the timeframe covered in the Game of Thrones prequel. The Age of Heroes spans a significant period of time in Westeros’ history, and came to an end with the dark and brutal Long Night. Presumably, it is this passing age, rather than the glory days, that Goldman’s project will seek to explore.
Martin also confirms that “None of the characters or actors from Game of Thrones will appear in the new show,” hopefully putting to rest any theories about time-travel and Bran Stark’s inter dimensional exploits.
George R. R. Martin will serve as an executive producer on the Game of Thrones prequel series, but the author demurs on detailing his exact involvement with the project.
“I’ve consulted with all of the writers on all of the successor shows,” he says of the five series commissioned by HBO. “Several of them have visited me in Santa Fe for long days of discussion, and we’ve gone back and forth in email, text, and telephone, so I have definitely been involved.”
Martin is most clear about his praise for Jane Goldman, who wrote the pilot episode and will serve as showrunner. “She has been an absolute thrill to work with,” he says. “And my god, what a talent.”
Martin also offers an update on the other Game of Thrones prequel series commissioned by HBO. “If you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five,” he writes. “One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead.
“Three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development,” Martin reveals. “Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.”
Finally, George R. R. Martin addresses the elephant in the blog — The Winds of Winter, the next installment in his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series which inspired Game of Thrones.
“And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority,” he writes, getting frank with his hungry fanbase. “It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV…”
Fans still thirsting for more of Martin’s work can set their sights on his compendium of Targaryen history, Fire & Blood, which will be published in the fall.