Speaking with Entertainment Weekly this week, the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series author George R.R. Martin revealed some more details about HBO’s upcoming prequel series to its smash hit fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” series.
Currently filming in Northern Ireland, the new show is set around 5000 years before the events of the previous one and will feature a completely different Westeros divided into a hundred ‘petty’ kingdoms. The Stark family will definitely be included in the prequel along with their Direwolves, but the Lannisters will not be as Casterly Rock will be still occupied by a different clan – the Casterlys.
He also confirms the White Walkers are there and “that will be an aspect of it”. Like ‘Thrones,’ this will still be led by an ensemble cast as opposed to a show with primary leads. Martin says:
“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.”
He also says it could go by the title “The Longest Night” which is a variation on his personal selection. S.J. Clarkson will direct the pilot for the show which stars Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, John Simm, Richard McCabe, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley and more. Jane Goldman penned the series and co-created with Martin.