The Game Of Thrones Prequel Series Has Officially Started Filming
Just as the dust has finally settled after the let’s say, divisive, Game of Thrones finale, news has emerged that filming of the prequel is officially underway.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, crew have begun work at both a remote secret location in County Down, Northern Ireland, and another location on the north coast and more sites are being set up including Titanic Studios in Belfast.
Written by George R.R. Martin and directed by S.J. Clarkson, the prequel is set 1,000 years before Game of Thrones and will star Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts in the lead role.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Martin 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.
"We're dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series."
It’s been suggested that the series could be ready in late 2020, however spring 2021 has been put forward as a more likely air date.
HBO’s official synopsis for the new show reads: "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.
“And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend... it's not the story we think we know."
The show is yet to be given an official title, but Martin has said he would like it to be called The Long Night, referencing a period thousands of years before GoT which witnessed the White Walkers enter Westeros from the North and drive the humans southwards, leading to humans joining forces with the Children of the Forest to battle the White Walkers, and the Night's Watch forcing them back in The Battle for the Dawn.
I can feel that excitement coming back already…