Game of Thrones is nearing what is expected to be an emotional finale next year. However, fans who are enraptured with Westeros and its history will likely have more content awaiting them, as HBO ordered a pilot episode for a Game of Thrones prequel series.


It’s previously been reported that HBO was interested in continuing their hit television show through spin-off programs, with five potential shows on the docket. HBO has confirmed, however, that these spin-offs will not air until Game of Thrones properly concludes next year.

George RR Martin, author of the original books, is working with screenwriter Jane Goldman on one of them, a prequel to Game of Thrones that’s set a thousand years prior to the show. Goldman, whose resume includes select X-Men and Kingsman films, will serve as the showrunner should HBO pick the show up.

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According to HBO, the prequel’s storyline will concern “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” This era of the Game of Thrones universe is said to host a wealth of compelling material to delve into, “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.” While the current roster of characters would be unable to show up given the prequel’s timeframe, their ancestors and their struggles sound ripe for exploration.

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