HBO has officially started shooting on the unnamed Game of Thrones prequel series. The series is shooting in Northern Ireland and we have a photo here. It features a mysterious character on horseback looking over a frozen wasteland with a city in the background.
George R.R. Martin is calling the series “The Long Night”, which is the era that the story is set in. But, that’s not the official title. The series is set about 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones and this is going to be a very different Westeros that won’t be familiar to fans. It’s explained:
“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 also been said that “the project chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” The network previously teased the plot with the following logline:
“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 Long Night is the famous winter that lasted for years and brought forth the White Walkers. This is a time where the First Men and the Children of the Forest fought against the White Walkers in the North, and the epic battle concluded with the Battle for the Dawn where the first members of the Night’s Watch defeated the White Walkers.
After these events, Bran the Builder constructed The Wall, which is a 700-feet-high and three hundred miles long barrier that you all know from Game of Thrones. This was built to protect the realms of Men if the White Walkers ever decided to come back.
Jane Goldman is leading the charge on this project and it will star Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo. S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) is directing.