It is already known that the in development “Game of Thrones” prequel spin-off series will get around continuity issues by being set several millennia into the past. Just how many thousands of years isn’t clear, but author and show creator George R.R. Martin has offered some new insights on the timeline.
Speaking to EW, he revealed many of the key elements of ‘Thrones’ will be gone from the prequel including locations, dynasties and certain species of beasts:
“‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels. But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ . . . So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years. 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. [Jane Goldman] is a tremendous talent.”
A premiere date has yet to be set for the first prequel, but casting has begun. The eighth and final season of the main series will premiere April 2019 on HBO.